What you need to know
- Apple's new Mac Pro has gone through FCC approval.
- That includes the standard and rack deployment versions.
- Orders begin on December 10.
That means that the Mac Pro can now be sold in the United States which is pretty important if you want to put it up for pre-order. We still don't really know when this thing will go on sale, though. Nor what built-to-order Mac Pros will look like in the old price department. But given the vast majority of Mac Pro buyers will be businesses or people who can write the cost off, that's likely not all that important to them.
This is the first Mac Pro refresh we've seen since 2013 and it's a big one. This is nothing like the trash can design that failed so badly thanks to poor thermals. It's big, boxy, and looks like a Mac Pro should. And it has the innards to match, too.
Unfortunately, it has a price to go with it. Starting at $5999 (opens in new tab) this isn't going to be a cheap computer. But if you need the best Mac available, and want to be able to expand it, this is it.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Finally. (sigh). It's been a loooong wait. So tired of trying to use a Macbook Pro as a desktop computer; the MBP's beat the 2013 Mac Pro trashcan model in Swift compile speeds in summer 2018; so I sold off the desktop machines. The iMac Pro is not for me. I want to pick and choose my monitors.
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