"Can't innovate anymore, my ass." Those were the words that came out of Apple VP Phil Schiller's mouth as he unveiled the new Mac Pro. For the past decade, Apple has stuck with the same traditional tower design for its professional desktop line. Today, they announced this odd, cylindrical machine, and it's made in the USA. Read on for the full story on the new 2013 Mac Pro!
It's said to be inspired by a coffee maker. The Braun KF 20, specifically. This shouldn't come at a surprise, as Apple looks to the famous Dieter Rams for inspiration on many of its products. The new Mac Pro is made of black polycarbonate. The entire enclosure can be detached and lifted to reveal vertically mounted components all around the computer. At 9.9 inches tall, the new 2013 model takes up an eighth of the volume of the previous Mac Pro. The structure is centered around a thermal core for improved cooling. And the entire thing is made in USA, how about that? 'Murica!
Apple's pretty quiet about the internals of the new pro rig (they'll be highly configurable, no doubt), but here's what we're hearing so far - next gen Xeon processors, dual workstation-class graphics cards, PCI Express flash storage (way faster than normal SSDs that interface via SATA), four-channel DDR3 memory clocked at 1866 MHz, Thunderbolt 2, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac. All this power means the new Mac Pro will be able to edit 4K video without breaking a sweat, or so Apple says.
The new Mac Pro will be available later this year.