WWDC 2019 was packed with great upgrades to macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS but the most exciting update in Alexander Lindo’s opinion was the re-introduction of the modular Mac Pro.
Based on Intel’s Xeon processor, the new Mac Pro enables professionals to configure up to 28 cores of processing power. Of course, all of those cores require a great cooling solution and Apple have done just that. There is a massive heat sink attached to the processor with heat pipes designed to move heat away from the processor. The heat is then transferred by the heat pipes to a stack of aluminum fins. 3 massive fans located at the front of the Mac Pro’s chassis pull in cool air and transfers it throughout the entire chassis. There is an additional fan near the rear for heat extraction. If that was not enough, you can configure the Mac Pro with up to 1.5TB of RAM. That is truly remarkable.
The new Mac Pro’s processing power was demonstrated by David Earl at the WWDC keynote when he loaded up a massive 1000+ track Logic project with a variety of virtual instruments and plugins on each track. The project ran natively without a hitch. He further progressed to show us the 8k video editing capabilities of Final Cut Pro whilst on the new Mac Pro. Very Impressive, indeed.
For users of Pro Tools, the new Mac Pro features eight PCI Express expansion slots. This will allow Pro Tools HD users to install HDX cards in the Mac Pro’s chassis as opposed to the expansion chassis that was required with the previous model. Video Editors and Graphics designers will be able swap out/add/combine graphics cards, yielding even faster workflows and rendering times. The machine is powered by a 1.4kW power supply with 300 watts powering to the CPU, leaving plenty of headroom for expansion.
From its stainless steel frame with a solid aluminum body, lattice design with massive fans for superior airflow, to its powerful internals, the Mac Pro of 2019 is a truly a remarkable machine. The new Mac Pro is coming this Fall. Visit apple.com for more information. Do not forget to subscribe to and follow Alexander Lindo on social media.