Apple: Making the all-new Mac Pro (with video)

The Mac Pro is a computer unlike any Apple or any other company has ever created.

To build it, Apple pioneered new processes, innovated manufacturing techniques, and essentially rethought how to make a computer from the ground up. The company considered every element that defines a pro computer — graphics, storage, expansion, processing power, and memory. And they challenged themselves to find the best, most forward-looking way possible to engineer each one of them. When Apple put it all together, the result was something entirely new. Something radically different from anything before it. Something that provides an extremely powerful argument against the status quo.

This is the story of how the Mac Pro all comes together.

Direct link to video here.

29 Comments

    1. The aluminum is anodized black. It is a multi-step chemical process with cleaning baths, acid, rinse, etc.

      IMHO, black is a timeless color that will stand up better than gold & white or “space grey”. Doesn’t matter, though, it will only be a matter of time before you can buy colorful plastic sleeves and LED-illuminated lava lamp toppers for it.

        1. I’m not doubting you but I was running Apple products (current and recent) through my head and virtually everything made of aluminum I could think of is anodized (rather than painted)

          Apple’s “signature” seems to be glass beaded & anodized (glass beading gives it that frosted look, but more important “work tempers” the surface making it stronger and more scratch resistant and a better base for anodizing)

          What products are/were painted (I remember the ti-book was painted, but that wasn’t aluminum\)

  1. Several comments,

    “Pretty high tech, welcome back to America!”

    “So, that’s how they make R2-D2!!!”

    “Just a matter of time before someone polishes their MacPro to the original bare aluminum housing.”

    1. I doubt that there is enough hand labor to make that much of a difference in price. This is what I have said several times – high-value manufacturing assembly jobs can and will profitably return to the U.S. In the form of highly automated factories. Touch labor becomes a relatively small percentage of the overall cost of the device. Robotics will be the source of many new jobs in the future – designing robots, programming robots, maintaining robots.

      1. “Robotics will be the source of many new jobs in the future – designing robots, programming robots, maintaining robots.”

        But only until robots are designed to do those jobs, too.

        And probably sooner than anyone thinks.

  2. Kudos to Apple for building the new Mac Pro on the same continent where most of the users will be buying them – while selling them at prices those same Apple workers can afford to buy them!

  3. Man if I owned a Mac Pro, I could say I possess an object that was manufactured in the coolest way, in the history of man kind. This video looks to be the manufacturing process in full speed. IE: They ARE making them, so when they go on sale, there’s enough to go around. However we realize there will never be enough to go around.

    These puppies are worth their weight in gold.

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