At its 2023 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced its new Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra chipset, completing its transition to in-house silicon.
According to Apple, the M2 Ultra chip is a 24-core CPU that can handle demanding tasks such as video transcoding and 3D simulations up to three times faster than the previous Intel-based Mac Pro.
It also has a 76-core GPU and a media engine that can play 22 streams of 8K ProRes video.
The new Mac Pro looks almost identical to its Intel predecessor, with a ‘Cheese Grater’ front metal grill with two Thunderbolt ports. On the rear, the Mac Pro features six Thunderbolt ports. It also sports two HDMI ports that support up to 8K resolution and 240Hz frame rates, two 10GB Ethernet ports, three USB-A ports, and a headphone jack. It also supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 for fast wireless connectivity.
It also features six available PCIe Gen 4 slots for adding extra components, allowing users to customize their Mac Pro with different parts. The Mac Pro has seven PCIe slots in total, with one occupied by the M2 Ultra chip.
The new Mac Pro is the last Mac to switch to Apple silicon, completing the transition that took about two years. Apple claims that its silicon chips offer better performance, battery life, and security than Intel’s chips, as well as seamless integration with iOS and iPadOS devices.
The new Mac Pro is available to order today for $6,999.99 USD (roughly $9,397 CAD). It will ship starting next week in Tower ($8,999 CAD) and rack-mounted ($9,599 CAD) options.
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