Apple Renews Mac Pro for High-End Desktop Users

One of the surprise announcements coming out of Apple’s WWDC event this week was the update of the Mac Pro desktop computer.

The focus of many people’s attention has been on how Apple has been evolving its mobile iOS platform, and in its notebooks with the refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro ranges.

However, the introduction of a new Mac Pro shows that the company has not forgotten the professional desktop market. The Mac Pro is a fixture in design studios and popular among film makers, photographers and other creative businesses.

Last updated in 2010, the Mac Pro had been rumoured to be on the way out, leaving the iMac as Apple’s main desktop hardware line. That changed on 11 June when a new Pro model was announced.

There are three ready-made configurations as well as built-to-order options, including being able to install up to four 512GB solid-state drives to speed up jobs such as video encoding. Expansion bays and slots mean extra memory and disks drives can easily be added later, too.

Apple Mac Pro

In its base version, the Mac Pro has a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and an ATI Radeon 5770 graphics chip.

The step-up version offers 2.4GHz 12-core Intel Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the same graphics processor.

A server model has a 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM and 2x 1TB hard drives.

Quad-core version prices start at £2,049; 12-core models start from £3,099.

More info: Apple

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