Those are Mac Pro’s from about a decade ago; the cheesegrater model, the highly configurable beast of a Mac machine that so-called ‘true professionals’ have demanded from Apple since the last Mac Pro, circa 2013.
As regular readers know, my family hails from Scotland and my work has me traveling to the U.K. and France a few times a year. One of my fellow workers, Iggy Pence, is a Mac Pro user (2013 model) who has longed for a replacement.
Today he ordered a new Mac Pro. Guess what happened?
Hi, I’m Iggy, a Mac user since well into the last century, a Mac Pro owner. I woke up today to see a new Mac Pro in the Apple Store. As an owner of three previous Mac Pro models, I looked forward to the new Mac Pro because as much as I want one, I know that Apple has abandoned me. If Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to adopt a homeless child from the U.K. then I’m available.
Here’s how pricing on the new Mac Pro shapes up. If you have a new Chevrolet Corvette convertible, be prepared to sell it and borrow more money because you’ll need it.
The base model Mac Pro starts at $5,999. $500 more if you want the rack mount model. The Mac Pro display is $4,999, and the display’s stand is a whopping $999, sold separately.
We’re at about $12,000 already and haven’t cracked open all the configurable options yet.
So, let’s go down the list and max out the Mac Pro model you’ll never buy.
Mac Pro comes with an 8-core Intel Inside, but you can get up to 28-cores. $7,000. What about RAM? There is a measly 32GB of RAM to start, but the case is big and if you have a checkbook balance to match, 1.5TB of RAM– that’s pronounced terabytes— add another $25,000.
Yes, that’s $5,000 times five.
For some Mac users, graphics cards are important and the skimpy Radeon Pro 580X comes with a paltry 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. Meh. You really want dual Radeon Pro Vega II with 32GB RAM– each. $10,800.
One day in a galaxy far, far away, the Mac Pro will have 8TB of SSD storage, but now all you can get is 4TB and that is a mere $1,500. Cheap. Mac Pro does not come with the Apple Afterburner card, but if you want one it’s only $2,000 extra.
Stainless steel wheels are $100 each, or $400 total. It does come with Magic Mouse 2 and a keyboard.
So, what’s this dream Mac Pro going to cost you? Add the XDR display and stand and we’re sitting at Corvette money.
For a Mac Pro.
I want one. I ordered one. But I changed my order. I cannot afford the Corvette model and cannot justify the loss of a kidney.
— Iggy Pence, London, England