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The new Mac Pro is here, but is it worth it? | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | Jun 7, 2019

This year, Apple announced a ton of changes and updates to its products at WWDC. Those announcements also included brand new hardware from Apple in the form of a new Mac Pro, the new Pro Display XDR and the new Pro Stand. This new tech was certainly built to maximize efficiency from some professionals--but who is best served by the new Mac? Is the new computer, display and thousand dollar stand worth it? In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet talks the pros and cons of Apple’s new hardware and discusses who really will benefit from this new high-powered machine.

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Hey everyone welcome back to tech feed i’m juliet beauchamp. Today let’s talk a little about wwdc--and dive into some of the big announcements. Stick around.

Okay, so if you saw my tech talk the other day with apple blogger jonny evans, you know what some of the biggest announcements from wwdc. For consumers, i-o-s 13 and a new watch o-s seem especially exciting. And for enterprise, ipad os and sign in with apple are big news. But i want to talk about the much-hyped--and already much-criticized--mac pro.

This new mac pro release is a pretty big deal. It’s been years in the making--apple confirmed it was working on a new mac pro two years ago. It fast, it’s powerful and it has a whole lot of storage. And it will cost you at least 6 thousand dollars. Then there’s the new pro display xdr--for the low low price of 5 thousand dollars, you can get impressive brightness, color consistency, resolution--the whole package, really. I mean, it’s a 6-k display monitor. Apple consulted with professionals who would benefit from this high power mac to make sure they got everything right. But let me make this clear. This is, as the name suggests, a pro’s computer.

So the new mac pro is pretty expensive. But definitely not as expensive as some similar p-cs. And it packs way more power than most enterprise users need--you don’t need something crazy to check your email or even do some light coding--there’s absolutely a market for this computer. Video pros, music producers, data analysts could all seriously benefit from having a high power computer capable of managing lots and lots of data. Apple fans are, understandably, very excited.

But let’s get into what’s causing apple fans and haters alike to freak out--the absurdly priced stand for the new display. Yes, if you want to actually mount and, you know, use your new pro display x-d-r, you’ll have to shell out an additional nine hundred ninety-nine dollars for what apple is calling the pro stand. It’s got some bells and whistles--you can make the display portrait mode, for example, but it’s still an extra thousand dollars you’ll need to spend to actually use your new mac pro and display.

Let’s recap. The new mac pro and display are something never before seen for apple. A new hardware product is exciting, and sure to continue to get positive buzz because it’s apple, it’s a new product, and that’s just what happens. Is it the best on the market? I mean… maybe? It seems like this new mac pro certainly serves a purposes for a pretty niche group of users--especially if those users are already working in apple shops. Both the mac pro and the pro display xdr will likely be available in the fall.

Thanks for watching this episode of tech feed. If you liked this video be sure to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. And tell me what you think about this new mac pro--overhyped or totally worth it? See you next time.
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