Apple unveils a revamped Mac Pro desktop after years of complaints

The Mac Pro cut an impressive silhouette and the lucky who saw it up close at WWDC today were left gobsmacked.

The company previewed the new Mac Pro at its annual developer conference on Monday.

But it also made several people giggle because they could only stare at the machine's ventilation holes and top handles and see an expensive cheese grater. Apple says both sides of the device are openable for user access. According to Apple, the three-dimensional interlocking hemisphere pattern simultaneously assists with airflow by maximizing surface area and makes the case rigid but lightweight.

Apple has also created an optional Pro Stand for holding the display up. The iPad can also be used as a tablet input for your Mac, and now that the iPad has reduced Apple Pencil latency of 9ms, it should do very well.

Shortly after the new Mac Pro, due out this fall, hit the stage, Apple released a laundry list of developers and their impressions from test-driving prototypes.

Along with the flashy cheese grater Mac, Apple also announced a brand new 32-inch 6K (6016 x 3384 resolution) monitor called the Pro Display XDR, which will cost U.S. $4,999 ($7,172). I'm excited by the fact that the TV app will actually display 4K HDR video on the iMac and iMac Pro-Apple's competitors won't stream 4K content to iMacs, presumably out of piracy fears. The device comes with Intel Xeon processor that has up to 28 cores and 64 PCI Express lanes for incredible performance and huge bandwidth. The CPU will be accompanied by a "massive heatsink" for optimal thermal cooling. For example, the Mac Pro can supply an MPX module with as much as 500 watts.

The system supports two MPX Modules with a total of up to 4 GPUs. The graphics card can also be swapped out for either a single or dual Radeon Pro Vega II setup with either 32/64GB or 64/128GB of RAM. The 2013 Mac Pro's design was unable to accommodate multiple-or more powerful, and therefore hotter-graphics chips, tools increasingly necessary for rendering multimedia and performing other computation-heavy tasks. One PCIe slot is reserved for a card featuring two USB-A ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Additionally, Catalina focuses on improving Mac accessibility by making the software 100% voice-controlled, a feature that is also available with the upcoming versions of iOS and iPad.

Ultimately, Apple has clearly pulled out all the stops for the Pro Display XDR.

Apple believes technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone.

The Pro Display XDR is Apple's largest Retina screen ever with a resolution of 6016 x 3384 (which adds up to a stunning 20 million pixels or so). The Pro Display XDR includes P3 wide color gamut, 10-bit color, which produces over 1 billion colors. With a peak brightness of 1600 nits, the display able to achieve sustained brightness level of 1000 nits alongside 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. And when it comes to connectivity, the screen is designed for use with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, offering compatibility with Mac products like the new Mac Pro.

The display is VESA-mountable. Design-wise, the Pro Display XDR has tiny, 9mm bezels, and can be bought with a $999 stand that easily attaches and detaches and lets you rotate it into portrait mode.

The Mac Pro arrives this fall, with a starting price of $5,999.

  • Arturo Norris