Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR, 16-inch MacBook Pro announcements imminent?

Afterburner on the new Mac Pro allows video editors to decode up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video and 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time.
All-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are the most powerful tools Apple has ever put in the hands of pro customers and will change pro workflows forever.


The yearly Final Cut Pro X summit starts tomorrow. Whilst the conference is technically run by an external group, it is one of the few third-party events that Apple actively participates in.

In 2018, for example, Apple set up demo stations for the new version of Final Cut Pro running on the latest Apple hardware. More excitingly, in 2017, Apple actually showed attendees the iMac Pro ahead of its release, along with the space gray pro accessories.

This year, the summit starts with a visit to the Apple Park visitor center and will feature “some surprises from the Apple product team”, the website reads.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR making some sort of appearance is a near certainty. The 16-inch MacBook Pro, however, is more of a wildcard. We’ll know soon enough!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. No, no. Let’s just stretch this Mac Pro agony out as long as possible, revealing the items for “order” on Dec. 22nd (end of Fall) and shipping February or March 2020. (Or April or May…?)

    1. I hope it’s better than that (available for order on 22 December 2019). I’m expecting…

      Apple will open online ordering a week before that (13 December 2019), and they will start shipping, in very, very limited quantities and configurations, no later than 20 December 2019. (That way Apple can claim they met the WWDC statement of “available this fall”.) Thus I expect a few, maybe very few, Mac Pro customers will have their machines before Christmas 2019.

      Apple will begin shipping the full set of configurations no later than 31 January 2020, but certain configurations will still be shipping in extremely limited quantities.

      The backlog of orders (all configurations) will be gotten to a reasonable time frame (< 3 days) no later than 27 March 2020, i.e., order any build-to-order configuration you want and you’ll have it in hand no more than three days later.

      I hope I’m being pessimistic, but we will just have to wait and see.

  2. You are not buying a 6000 dollar computer. You are not buying a 6000 dollar monitor just to use a 299 dollar piece of software. Grab AMD EPyc processors and complain to Adobe, tell them their software sucks, still, along with their crazy worthless subscription plans.

  3. Seems appropriate, these devices are MADE for the kind of folks that would attend the FCPX creative summit (a few dozen have likely been using it for the past month and a half). No streaming keynote, no big fanfare, just an announcement directly to the folks it’s being made for, then showing up on the website later.

  4. Very few FCPX users will buy a Mac Pro, in fact very few users will buy Mac Pros. The only people I see being excited by this Mac Pro are fanboys who’ll never buy one, wait until you see how much it costs, I’m going to try and not piss myself laughing. It’s DOA, it’s two years too late as in the era of Threadripper it’ll look overpriced and under-powered. Professionals (very few actually use FCPX) are buying Threadripper based Workstations for a fraction of the cost of the puny specced base model of the Mac Pro.

    The GPUs are EOLed by AMD who have moved onto RDNA cards which offer vastly superior performance at less cost and less power. This Mac Pro will look ridiculous in 6 months when AMD’s RDNA2.0 and nVidia’s 30 series are released.

    The Mac Pro will get a silent release, it’ll just appear on the website and in two years time it’ll be removed as Apple try and forget what an absolute disaster it was. Anyone remember the Apple HiFi? That’s the future for this Mac Pro.

      1. On the contrary, I have a 2,1 Mac Pro (retired), a 5,1 Mac Pro (just retired), a Trashcan (pile of junk), a 2017 iMac, a 2015 MBP (last one worth buying) and several iDevices.

        I’ve bought every Mac Pro since the classic Cheese grater was released. This new Mac Pro is D.O.A., its end of life tech can’t compete with the price/performance of Threadripper, the ability to choose AMD or nVidia GPUs, PCIe4.0 etc etc. Apple could’ve just about got away with this Mac Pro a couple of years ago but now in today’s market it looks stupid.

        $6k for an 8 core, 3 year old GPU, and barely any memory or storage is batshit crazy. In the real world $6k buys you a 32 core workstation with dual nVidia GPUs.

        1. Well said. The 24 core 3rd Gen Threadripper will cost $1400, the 28 core Xeon is currently priced at $7500.

          The 24 core Threadripper is also a match in performance to the 28 core Xeon. The 32 core Threadripper is expected to cost $2000, there may also be a 48 core Threadripper arriving later next year.

          The applications I use are cross platform so it makes no sense to pay 3x-4x more for a Mac Pro. There’s no business case for me having another Mac Pro.

  5. Yeap

    Along with a lot of other folks that want to buy an EV, new kitchen cabs, new baths, new addition to the House, health insurance, little league, music lessons, college, other research equipment, etc.

    Dude, theloniousmac, hey we don’t all live your life or have your money, nor are we as stupid as you. We can see, our eyes are open and it’s getting harder and harder to spend for an item we know will be slower at task we want to do

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