Since its introduction in 2020, Apple’s proprietary processors have been pushing Intel out of Macs a little bit. During this time, almost all models have changed chips, except for the Mac Pro. That was until WWDC 2023, where the company finally revealed the new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra.
Such a change did not lead to external updates, but opened additional possibilities in the middle of the new Mac Pro. First, the desktop now has 8 Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, two HDMI ports, two 10-gigabit Ethernet ports, and a 3.5mm jack. Cards supporting PCIe ×4 Gen 3 (one slot), PCIe ×8 Gen 4 (four slots) and PCIe ×16 Gen 4 (two slots) can be expansions. This will make it possible to more flexibly compose the setup required by the user.
But the performance of the Mac Pro has significantly increased. This desktop now has the Apple M2 Ultra, which consists of two M2 Max. Thus, the processor can boast of 24 CPU cores, 60 to 76 graphics cores, and 32 Neural Engine cores. RAM can be from 64 to 192 GB. Storage capacity is offered from 1 to 8 TB. Of course, such a computer could not do without support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
According to the WWDC speakers, the new model is three times more powerful than the fastest Intel Mac Pro, supports the simultaneous operation of six Pro Display XDR monitors and can play 22 streams in 8K ProRes at a time. If compared with the M1 Ultra, the performance has increased by 20%, and the graphics advantage is 30%.
The starting price of Apple’s most powerful desktop is $6,999 for the Tower and $7,499 for the Rack version of the case. It is interesting that such an update significantly reduced the maximum price tag of Mac Pro, which previously reached more than $50 thousand. Now, if you look at the configurator, you can pick up the model for “only” $11,799 (without additional accessories like the Magic Trackpad and precious wheels for the Tower version of the case) and $12,299, respectively.
You can pre-order the novelty today, and the start of sales is scheduled for June 13.