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New Mac Pro Goes On Sale Today For $2999

Submitted by on December 19, 2013 – 8:47 amNo Comment

The latest top-of-the-line Mac computer goes on sale today, Apple announced on their website yesterday. The desktop represents cutting-edge design and performance, and a major push from Apple to bring its manufacturing back to the US. But the computer’s price tag could scare away all but the most demanding and faithful Mac users.

The Mac Pro comes in a 9.9-inch tall cylinder of polished silver aluminum that is one-eighth the size of the current Mac Pro tower. The shape allows for a centralized fan with superior cooling.

Apple’s website provides the following specs for the “cheapest” model, at $2999:

The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage…

For $3,999, users can get 6-core processors, better GPUs, and four extra gigabytes of memory, but still only 256GB of storage. Other customizable features are also available (including a terabyte of storage), but Apple doesn’t yet provide prices for them. On other Mac computers, additional storage has cost as much as $800.

As a trade-off for the smaller tower, the new Mac Pro does not offer much internal room for expansion. Most additions would have to be external.

Over the last few years, Apple has attracted criticism for the conditions in the Chinese factories its contractors use, especially those operated by Foxconn. Many competitors do final assembly of  devices in the US; but the new Mac Pro will have more extensive manufacturing done in Austin, TX. It will be labeled “Assembled in the USA,” which under law can only apply to devices that have had work done beyond final assembly of imported parts.

Orders for the Mac Pro can be placed starting today online or in Apple stores.

What do you think- would you pay almost five grand for the most powerful new Mac? Let us know in the Comments.

[via Bloomberg]

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