Apple Announces New Mac Pro and Display for Advanced Audio and Video Editing

Apple has announced its most powerful desktop computer ever, designed for the professional editing of audio and video. The new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR was designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability.

Apple said the Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card.

The new computer also introduces Apple Afterburner, an accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously. Apple said it will eliminate proxy editing.

The Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle.

“With its powerful Xeon processors, massive memory capacity, groundbreaking GPU architecture, PCIe expansion, Afterburner accelerator card and jaw-dropping design, the new Mac Pro is a monster that will enable pros to do their life’s best work,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

“Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display and the perfect companion to the all-new Mac Pro. With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and a highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point.”

Mac Pro features an aluminum housing that lifts off for 360-degree access to the entire plug-in system. It provides over 300 watts of power along with a state-of-the-art thermal architecture to allow the processor to run unconstrained all the time.

The machine features a six-channel memory architecture and 12 physical DIMM slots. For animating 3D film assets, compositing 8K scenes and building complex 3D environments, it features the world’s most powerful graphics card and up to 56 teraflops of graphics performance in a single system.

The new system debuts Afterburner, featuring a programmable ASIC capable of decoding up to 6.3 billion pixels per second. With Afterburner, video editors using high-quality cameras that require the conversion of native file formats into proxies for easy editing can now use native formats right from the camera and decode up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video and 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time, virtually eliminating proxy workflows.

In a 32-inch LCD panel with a 6016 x 3384 Retina 6K resolution with more than 20 million pixels, Pro Display XDR delivers a super-sharp, high-resolution viewing experience with nearly 40 percent more screen real estate than a Retina 5K display.

With a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color for over one billion colors, pros will have a more true-to-life viewing experience — critical for video and photo editing, 3D animation or color grading.

Pro Display XDR also features polarizer technology, delivering a superwide, color-accurate, off-axis viewing angle, so now multiple people can view more accurate content simultaneously. To manage reflected light, Pro Display XDR has an anti-reflective coating and offers a new matte option called nano-texture, with glass etched at the nanometer level for low reflectivity and less glare.

Pro Display XDR uses a direct backlighting system with a large array of LEDs that produce 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness.

The Mac Pro starts at $5,999, Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999, the Pro Stand is $999 and the VESA Mount Adapter is $199. All will be available for order in the fall. 

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