Apple launches new Mac Pro

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Apple gave a sneak peek of the Mac Pro's new cylindrical design back in June, but at the time, the company didn't have much to say about pricing or a full spec sheet rundown.

The iconic new look of the Mac Pro.
(Credit: Apple)

Overnight, however, the Mac Pro made an appearance at Apple's iPad event, with the news that it would be available in December, starting at AU$3999.

At the heart of the Pro will be Intel's Xeon E5 CPU, configurable up to 12 cores, as well as dual GPUs and six Thunderbolt 2 ports. The case itself is just 251mm tall and 167mm in diameter.

The new Pro can have up to six Thunderbolt displays connected at the same time or three 4K resolution displays.

The default configuration of the Mac Pro will feature a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 with Turbo Boost, dual-AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, 12GB of memory and 256GB of flash-based storage. This model will start at AU$3999.

The other model will sport a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 with Turbo Boost, dual-AMD FirePro D500 GPUs, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash-based storage. This will retail for AU$5299.

As with most Apple computing products, users will be able to tweak the configurations to suit their own requirements. Options include 8-core or 12-core Xeon processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory and up to 1TB of storage.

As stated before, the new Mac Pro will be available sometime in December this year, with an actual date yet to be confirmed.

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