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Apple Announces December Launch for New Mac Pro - We Have Rack Mount Specs and More Pro Display XDR Details

We are looking forward to the release of the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. We now know more about the release date and have more information on both.

It's been a busy day for announcements about the new 16 inch MacBook Pro, but there's also news on the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

The headlines on the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are:

  • Both the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will be available in December.
  • The Mac Pro can now take 8 TB of SSD
  • At WWDC, Apple showed three streams of 8K ProRes RAW playing on the Mac Pro. Apple has now optimised the Afterburner, Cores and software so that the same machine can now playback 6 streams of 8K ProRes RAW.

So we finally have a date for the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. When in December we don't know but it will be before the end of the year. Remember Apple released the cylindrical Mac Pro two days before Christmas!

The 19 inch rackmount version of the new Mac Pro will also be available in December. A few things to note here:

  • It has a different chassis to the standalone desktop, so you can't just take the inside of the desktop and put it in the Mac rack casing.
  • The same applies if you buy the rackmount version, you can't convert it into a desktop version.
  • The rackmount version can take all the modules that populate the desktop version.
  • The rackmount version comes in a custom case of five U high. There are two Thunderbolt 3 connectors on the front and a power switch. All other connectors are at the back.
  • The rackmount version has a solid removable lid, which means you can stack other items on it if you wish. The cooling airflow is front to back.

When it was announced, the thousand dollar stand for the Pro Display XDR was thought to be expensive. We don't agree.

The stand is made up from over 200 parts and acts like a really accurate Anglepoise lamp. Move or tilt the screen and it stays there. It's not just a piece of machined aluminium.

A small button on the back allows you to easily rotate between landscape and portrait and back again. The screen detaches from the stand with a simple click. It makes the display very portable. Expect to find Peli cutouts for the display very soon.

The display feels pretty rugged holding it, we are sure you are going to see a lot of these on set, probably mounted to the DIT cart with the optional VESA adapter.

We are looking forward to December. 

 


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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

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As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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