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Jony Ive designs unique Mac Pro for Product (RED) charity auction

Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, has created a bespoke Mac Pro for the Product (RED) charity auction.

As part of the upcoming Product (RED) charity auction at Sotherby’s, Ive has collaborated with Australian designer Marc Newson to create the unique Mac Pro.

The Product (RED) Mac Pro will be auctioned in November 23 for the HIV/AIDs charity and is already valued between $40,000 (£24,700) and $60,000 (£37,000).

It isn’t clear whether the Product (RED) Mac Pro will be immediately available to the lucky bidder, as the Mac Pro isn’t actually available to consumers until December.

“(RED) is making a difference in the lives of millions of people and we’re humbled to make this contribution to such an important and worthy cause”, said Ive of the project.

The actual specs of the bespoke Mac Pro aren’t provided on the auction listing but it will no doubt be at least the minimum spec option offered by the Apple Store.

Official pricing starts at £2,499 and for that price you’ll be able to get a 3.7GHz dual-core Intel Xeon E5  processor with 10MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz.

You’ll also get at least 12GB of DDR3 ECC RAM and Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.

From each new Mac Pro you can connect up to three 4K monitors or six Thunderbolt displays as the new professional desktop has enhanced multi-screen support, aided in part by the new OS X Mavericks.

The Mac Pro also offers at least 256GB of PCI-e based internal flash storage, but that can be boosted to 512GB or 1TB.

Connectivity wise, the Mac Pro has four USB 3.0 and six Thunderbolt 2 ports alongside a dual Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI 1.4 Ultra HD connections.

Next, read our pick of the best OS X Maverics features.


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