Apple Reveals New Mac Pro: Double the Power, Half the Size


During its keynote address at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013  in San Francisco, Apple did something very uncharacteristic, teasing a product before it is ready to ship in the brand new Mac Pro. The next generation of the Mac maker’s workstation computer is said to double the performance seen in the previous generation, while seemingly halving the size in a brand new design.

Based on the promotional video shown during the WWDC keynote by Apple SVP of Marketing Philip Schiller, the new Mac Pro looks like a glossy cylinder that houses a central thermal cooling unit along with some new innards. Those include a new 12-core, 256-bit Intel Xeon processor with 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM that Apple claims to offer 60 Gbps of performance and dual AMD FirePro GPUs that are said to support 4K displays.

The upcoming Mac Pro also uses flash storage that will be bolstered by four USB 3.0 and six Thunderbolt 2 ports, which support up to six connected devices at 20 Gbps throughput. All of this will be housed in a cylindrical design that will be sure to turn heads. Neither price nor release date is available, but it’s safe to assume that this workstation will not be cheap.

Joe Osborne
Joe Osborne
Joe Osborne joined the staff in 2013, focused on improving LAPTOP’s already stellar review coverage and original benchmark tests. With a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University, Joe has covered the games and tech scenes through reviews, hands-on previews, news, interviews and more for outlets like PCMag and AOL’s
Joe Osborne on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

  1. Adrian Says:

    So now non-intelligent people is going to stand in line for a trash can? Man…

  2. Stephen Says:

    Adrian wrote: “So now non-intelligent people is going to stand in line…” I suppose that we more intelligent people wouldn’t write something so illiterate and may even be interested in getting something as powerful and compact as the new, upcoming MacPro.

    As a photographer the speed and this machine and the 4K monitors, Thunderbolt 2, and small size on my work desk are greatly appreciated. Well worth the wait.

    Adrian, we non-intelligent people “is” going to stand in line, but hey, we can also order it via the Apple Store and avoid the crush. I know, Adrian, like duh!

  3. Mehul Says:

    @Stephen: Good One!

  4. Paul Says:

    Hey Stephen, “As a photographer the speed and this machine and the 4K monitors, , Thunderbolt 2, and small size on my work…” makes about as much sense as, “So now non-intelligent people is going to stand in line…”.

    People in glass houses………………………………

  5. realoldguy Says:

    Double the power, half the size… and five times the price! It’s all about fashion and status.

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options