Apple Announces macOS Catalina at WWDC 2019

Posted June 05, 2019

Apple revealed the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019.

"Fascinating" isn't necessarily a good thing, and FruitCo made some very curious choices in the design, to be sure.

Apple is also introducing a new Sidebar feature, that lets you use your iPad as a second display for Mac, making third-party solutions, such as Astro HQ's Luna Display, largely redundant.

Apple didn't let anyone touch the new Mac Pro, but we got to ogle it from all angles and check out a few demos of the most powerful Mac chewing through Logic audio streams and 8K-resolution Final Cut Pro X projects easily. It's "industrial design", except without the "design" part. "When editing RAW shots, users can choose to view extended dynamic detail in images, invisible on other displays, for a phenomenal viewing experience like we never imagined".

"The new Mac Pro is insanely fast - it's by far the fastest image editor we've ever experienced or seen", said Simonas Bastys, lead developer of imaging software company Pixelmator.

All of this is powered by a giant 1.4 kilowatt power supply, and cooled with a trio of fans that pull cool air in through the front of the tower and exhaust out the back.

Seeing the new Mac Pro up close brought back fond memories of the old pre-2013 "trash can" Mac Pro.

It's rare for Apple to change its mind. It can be expanded to have up to a staggering 28 cores. As Craig Federighi, a senior Apple executive, put it in 2017: "I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will". If you're already invested in Apple's high-end ecosystem, the upgrade to the Mac Pro might be worth it, especially if you have a lot of high-resolution video and 3D work to get done - it'll save you time, and time is money. The company doesn't offer any specifications on the drives beyond that they're capable of 2.6 GB/s in sequential reads and 2.7 GB/s in sequential writes.

The Apple Pro Display XDR is also available in a model with nano-texture glass, which delivers lower reflectivity and less glare.

The 2013 "trashcan" Mac Pro was roundly criticized for a complete lack of upgradeability. The machine comes with eight PCIe 3.0 slots, seven of which are wired up to x16, and the last of which is an x4 slot used for Thunderbolt 3 and audio output. With up to 500 watts, the MPX Module has power capacity equivalent to that of the entire previous-generation Mac Pro. For log-in to apps, Apple announced a new option called "Sign in with Apple" that is meant to take the place of logging in through social accounts such as Google or Facebook. Still, users that are looking for an elegant package to place in their office without a ton of errant wires will find the iMac Pro to be a much more attractive package. After all, Apple can't be running wires to graphics cards.