A today’s media event in San Francisco, Apple announced the release window, specs and pricing for the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro will be available in December.
It will be Apple’s first computer in many years to be assembled in the United States, at Flextronics’ plant in Fort Worth, Texas, though Apple notes more than 2,000 people in 20 states helped build the new Mac Pro.
The new Mac Pro is a complete and radical redesign of the tower/workstation design that Apple has used since the G5 tower was introduced in 2003.
In the U.S., pricing for the new tower begins at $2,999 for the entry-level model. There are a number of additional build-to-order components that can be customized for an additional cost.
Apple gave an unusual sneak peek at the redesigned Mac Pro earlier this year at WWDC, after promising a year earlier that a redesign was forthcoming. The flagship Mac Pro had not seen a significant update in more than three years.
The new Mac Pro comes with next-generation Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors with as many as 12 cores, two AMD FirePro GPUs standard, PCI Express flash storage, next-generation Thunderbolt 2 ports, USB 3.0, HDMI-out and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
However, the most striking change in the new Mac Pro is the radical redesign. The tower includes a unique cylindrical design that wraps all of the machine’s components around a unified thermal core which absorbs heat from throughout the machine and disperses it through a vertically-oriented fan that draws air in from the bottom of the machine and vents it out through the machine’s top.
The new Mac Pro will be available in December