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Our Thoughts On The 2019 Apple Mac Pro

June 9, 2019

At WWDC 2019 Apple took the wraps off a brand new Mac Pro & a new HDR display. In this Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses the new Mac Pro.


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From The MailBag Episode 70

Apple Unveils A Redesigned Mac Pro & New HDR Monitor

This past Monday kicked off Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2019). In addition to a new OS announcement, plus the usual plethora of new features and OS enhancements, Apple decided to use the event to preview a much-awaited new Mac Pro and a new HDR monitor dubbed Pro Display XDR.

If you’re an Apple fan this was amazing news! Indeed it’d been nearly 6 years since the last substantial Mac Pro update. (Watch the Event)

On first blush, the new Mac Pro looks to be a serious machine that pros invested in (or wanting to reinvest in) the Apple ecosystem have been waiting for.

 

While the outside of the 2019 Mac Pro has been picked on by countless memes, inside the new Mac Pro looks to be a very powerful machine. Image courtesy of Apple

 

In this, From The Mailbag, we’re joined by MixingLight.com contributor Joey D’Anna to discuss the new Mac Pro – its technology, design and where it fits in professional content creation. Obviously, at this point, no one has this machine in hand, so our thoughts are based only on what we’ve seen in the presentation of the machine and what we’ve read, but we thought we’d share our initial thoughts on what seems to be a very positive move by Apple.

In addition to the modular design of the machine, we’re excited about the new GPU interconnect, new FPGA Afterburner card and a novel new way to supply power to PCIe cards.  But one thing is for sure, this machine nicely equipped is going to be pretty darn pricey once it’s released, for pros, that cost (we think) should be on par with HP, Dell, & other workstation class machines.  But as you’ll hear that introducing a potential problem for Apple – the middle class of creative users probably won’t like the price!

UPDATE: According to MacRumors both the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will be available in September.

UPDATE 2: Apple will alllow 3rd parties to build MPX modules including vendors like Promise – known for their Apple friendly storage. It’s still unclear if this will extend to GPU vendors.

In Episode 71

Our discussion on the 2019 Mac Pro went nearly 40min! So we’re going to cover the other part of Apple’s big announcement – The Pro Display XDR in our next Mailbag – which will be a couple of days behind this one.

This new 32in 6k display is being positioned by Apple as an HDR reference display that competes or maybe even outperforms current HDR reference monitors like the Sony X300 and FSI’s XM310K.

Once again, contributor, Joey D’Anna will join us and we’ll discuss the monitor tech specs, who it’s for, and where we see it fitting into the industry.

Stay tuned for that installment!

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Enjoy the MailBag!

-Robbie


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    • Jack J
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      Nice discussion. It’s been leaked that third party vendors will be able to make MPX modules: https://9to5mac.com/2019/06/04/promise-pegasus-mac-pro-storage/ I’d be interested to hear your take on how this change effects enterprise level clients, i.e. what about folks who have server rooms built around the Mac trashcan form factor?


    • Joey D’Anna
      Guest

      ooooh thats a very interesting development. We obviously speculated that 3rd parties would be able to make MPX modules – if that is going to be the reality, its a HUGE plus for the new machine – since we wont be limited to waiting for apple to come out with modules.

      We’ll see how it goes with GPU vendors – thats still going to be a big question mark.

      as for server rooms? I think moving to the new one is going to be easier. they are making a real rack mount chassis version of it, so people wont need workarounds like some of the 3rd party trashcan rackmount kits that people are using now.


    • Marc Wielage
      Guest

      I’d be interested to see if a) the CPU is user-upgradable, and b) how a comparable system will be priced vs. an HP z8 or Supermicro. My guess is that it will take north of $15K to get a usable Resolve system for pro use. Note that Grant Petty has endorsed the machine very heartily for Resolve. I think the jury is still out on the $6000 Apple “HDX” monitor, on which I’m very skeptical. https://www.forbes.com/sites/dbloom/2019/06/06/apples-pricey-new-mac-pro-will-be-a-hollywood-hit-says-blackmagicdesign-ceo/#7d8fafc621aa

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