WWDC23: Apple Introduces the New $7000 Mac Pro with M2 Ultra Inside

This cheese grater grates your money instead.

As part of WWDC 2023, Apple introduced its newest Mac Pro, with a staggering USD 6,999 price tag (~PHP 393.3K), alongside the Mac Studio. The entire computer is built using recycled materials, including 100% recycled rare earth metals for its magnetic parts and 100% recycled gold for all of its circuit boards.

In terms of design, it’s pretty much unchanged, retaining that cheese-grater design. Except this one grates your money instead with that whopping price. We reckon this desktop is ideal for large businesses as it is intended for productive use.

The main difference over its predecessor is the M2 Ultra chip over the Intel chip used on the previous Mac Pro. This chip, as the name tells, is more powerful than the M2 Max featuring Apple’s UltraFusion technology, a 24-core CPU and up to a 76-core GPU. That’s overwhelming and is about 30 percent faster than the M1 Ultra! The chip is built using a 5nm process.

The M2 Ultra also can render 24 4K video feeds which are every professional videographer and editor’s dream. They can also encode them in ProRes to ensure the best resolution and quality available.

DaVinci Resolve

Speaking of productivity, the new Mac Pro supports up to 192GB of RAM! This makes your 32GB outdated and your 16GB ancient. This memory has up to 800GB/s bandwidth. Mac Studio works a lot better with the new M2 Ultra because you can now render up to 3x faster using Octane. DaVinci Resolve also processes videos 50% faster here.

There are seven PCIe expansion slots in this pricey beast, six of which support Gen 4. This isn’t the latest but latest isn’t always the best because not all cards, monitors, outputs, and inputs support it yet. These expansion slots allow you to add different kinds of video and sound cards, storage, and memory.

In terms of connectivity, the new Mac Pro features a massively improved HDMI bandwidth which can now render up to 8K@240fps. With a computer at this price, this is something to expect. In addition, the desktop now supports up to six Pro Displays, amounting to 100 million pixels. Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.3, and a series of ports which includes the HDMI port, four Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, a 10Gb Ethernet port, an SD Card Slot, two USB-A 3.2 ports, and two USB-C 3.0 ports. Also, unlike their smartphones, the Mac Pro has a 3.5mm jack with support for spatial audio.

This new Mac runs MacOS 13 Ventura but it will soon be upgradable to MacOS Sonoma.

Mac Studio, the creative software, starts at USD 1,999 (~PHP 112.3K) (USD 799 (~PHP 44.9K) for education) while the Mac Pro is sold for USD 6,999 (~PHP 393.3K) and that’s just for the tower enclosure. There is also a slightly cheaper Rack Enclosure variant which sells for USD 6,599 (~PHP 370.8K). Currently, both Mac Studio and Mac Pro are available only in the United States. It will be available for retail in Apple stores starting June 13.

Source: Apple Newsroom