05 June 2019
Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote was mostly focused on software-related announcements but the team took the opportunity to unveil two new hardware products as well. These include an all-new Mac Pro which marks the return of cheese-grater design. It is packed with high-end specifications and all the power pro users need. The second product is a superior display monitor called Pro Display XDR.
Starting with the Mac Pro, it is powered by Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores. There is support for up to 1.5TB RAM capacity along with eight PCIe expansion slots, four double-wide slots, and three single side slots. It boasts 300W of power with heavy-duty cooling for prolonging intense usage sessions.
It features a new "groundbreaking" graphics extension structure called Apple MPX Module with Thunderbolt integration. It features Radeon Pro Vega II which can offer up to 14 teraflops of computing performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB per second of memory bandwidth. It also marks the introduction of a new accelerator card called Apple Afterburner which is a beast in itself. It can be used for video editing up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video or 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time.
One of the most significant aspects of Mac Pro is modularity support. All of its internal components offer 360-degree access and the use of stainless steel space frame makes it even more convenient. It will also have a specific rack version for those who would like it for rack deployment at machine rooms or anywhere else. The all-new Mac Pro will be available this fall starting at $5,999.
Next up, Apple took wraps off the Pro Display XDR which is essentially a 32-inch Retina display with 6K resolution (6016 x 3384 pixels) which is over 20 million pixels. It has 10-bit and P3 wide color gamut support along with 1600 nits of brightness. It is claimed to offer super wide viewing angles and an impressive 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It features anti-reflective coating and also has a special version called Nano-texture which basically features a matte finish for least possible glare.
While the display has a peak brightness of 1600 nits, it is capable of maintaining a 1000 nits brightness indefinitely. The name XDR refers to the superior quality that Apple says is next level to the current standard of HDR. It makes use of a direct backlighting system with a large array of LEDs that help it achieve XDR output.
In terms of connectivity, Thunderbolt 3 cable can be used to connect the display panel with any Mac product including the above-mentioned Mac Pro. Apple has priced the Pro Display XDR at $4,999 which is claimed to be very cheap for what it has to offer. There is also a Pro Stand for placing the display and it will cost $999.