Apple’s new Mac Pro was unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 10. The device is just 9.9 inches tall and comes in a cylindrical design that is easily the most innovative desktop Apple has ever launched.
Despite that small size, Apple is bundling all kinds of firepower into the computer, ensuring that it appeals to the average power user who has been waiting years for something new from the company.
Still, the Mac Pro won’t be available anytime soon. At its keynote, Apple announced that the computer will launch later this year and it has yet to affix an exact launch date or price tag on it.
What’s clear, though, is that Apple believes the Mac Pro will bolster the center of its desktop computing line when it launches. For all of those folks watching the WWDC keynote on June 10, it was clear Apple really wanted to make a statement. And what a statement it made.
These are the reasons why just about every Mac user should get excited about Apple’s new and improved Mac Pro:
1. It’s Apple’s most innovative desktop design in years
When looking at the Mac Pro’s design, it’s hard to not get excited. The device is cylindrical, incredibly small and has a polished black finish that is second to none. The design on the inside is even drool-worthy. Apple really might have outdone itself with this Mac Pro design.
2. Tons of components
Apple made the smart decision to make the Mac Pro as compatible with standard components as possible. The device includes Gigabit Ethernet support, as well as HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. Everything on the back even lights up, making it easy to connect devices in a low-light situation.
3. Thunderbolt is the computer’s savior
The six Thunderbolt ports on the back of the Mac Pro could very well be the best aspect of the device’s component options. Thunderbolt 2, which is the latest version, provides up to 20G bps transfer speeds and is 25 times faster than FireWire 800. But here’s the best part: Thunderbolt 2 allows for daisy chaining all kinds of devices, meaning that up to 36 external devices, including displays, hard drives, and much, much more, can be connected to the Mac Pro.
4. It’s ideal for video editors
If you’re a video editor, you must be dying to get your hands on the Mac Pro. The computer is the first from Apple to come standard with dual GPUs. According to Apple, it can deliver up to 7 teraflops of computing power, easily outpacing the 2.7 teraflops available in the current Mac Pro.