All new Mac Pro available on December 19 starting at $2999

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.* PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.

Apple's all-new Mac Pro
Apple’s all-new Mac Pro

Pricing & Availability
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at US$2,999; and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999. Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

The all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19 through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

*Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.7 GHz units with 1TB flash storage and AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and shipping Mac Pro 12-core 3.06 GHz units with 512GB SSD and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, baby, bring it on!


      1. Tim Cook 1-21-09:
        ‘And, so, as I’ve said before, we’re very, very confident with where we are competitively. We are watching the landscape. We like competition, as long as they don’t rip off our IP. And if they do, were going to go after anybody that does.”

  1. Very nice! And with enough breathing room to encumber those year-end funds.

    The 6-core option looks like the sweet spot for me. 256 Gb should be fine for the boot drive, but I’m tempted to go for the 512 Gb SSD. We’ll see what the differential between stock and BTO ship times looks like.

    Now I just need to decide on what TB JBOD-RAID box to use for mass storage. The DataTale units look nice – I want something quiet and fast.

      1. No word on how the Pegasus units perform. It appears the main differences between the new units and the old are color and TB2.

        Hopefully Barefeats or Storagereview will post some benchmarks soon, which will be the first glimpse into real-world TB2 performance.

        Web and user reviews of most TB1 storage boxes are mixed, and quite a few options are out there. Hence, people will need to do some digging before settling on the unit that best meets their needs.

  2. What I read in the article above is that the Mac Pro will be available for order in an Apple store on Thursday (not available for pickup).

    I’m really hoping supplies aren’t constrained, or we find out shipping times are 2-4 weeks. In our house we have this entire shuffle in the works for Christmas presents, I get a Mac Pro, wife gets old workstation, kids get wife’s old iMac.

    …And yes I know this anxiety over whether I get a professional computer for the home on Dec 25th or not is a total “1st world problem.”

  3. This happened a year ago. Tim, what happened. I am thrilled it is shipping NOW in the second half of December. However, if it was only 1 to 3 months after the WWDC it would have looked like a delayed Apple product and would have been the right thing to do. Shipping about a half year later with almost no time to get the end of year company tax break if fumbling the ball again.

    I was told the scheduling and inventory control was your strong suit. I hope the assembly in Texas, USA was not the delay.

    Maybe better at the end of next year when the next new product is ready. Think September or late October. Note 1 week to Christmas. Again!

  4. The cost of the base model seems reasonable enough for consumer use but one would still have to add some disk-based storage and upgrade the memory. I personally don’t think the cost is way out of line, but I doubt Apple will be able to sell a many of them. A high-end iMac is more suitable for my use.

    1. This Mac Pro is just right for home use if you are a serious photographer, with a color critical wide gamut monitor. The monitor on an iMac is simply not acceptable. The lower end with beefed up RAM, and larger storage is perfect for me!

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