Apple’s pricey Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will ship before Christmas
Apple is not yet selling the more expensive rack-mounted model, and will soon add a more expensive 8TB drive, driving the price and features of the top-of-line model up further. For reference, the 1.5TB RAM upgrade alone is a $25,000 option compared with the entry-level model’s 32GB configuration, while the Afterburner card is $2,000 and the wheels sell for $400.
Because of extensive customization options for each machine,
Mac Pros will take longer than other Apple computers to ship. The company is offering five Intel Xeon W processor choices, including the aforementioned 28-core version, a 2.7GHz/4.4GHz 24-core chip, a 3.2GHz/4.4GHz 16-core chip, a 3.3GHz/4.4GHz 12-core chip, and a 3.5GHz/4.0GHz 8-core chip. There are also five graphics cards in addition to Apple’s ProRes-decoding Afterburner video rendering accelerator option, eight RAM configurations, and four SSD alternatives. Unlike most other Macs, most of these components can be replaced and user-upgraded after the initial purchase.