A today's media event in San Francisco, Apple announced the release window,
specs and pricing for the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro will
be available in December. It will be Apple's first computer in many years to
be assembled in the United States, at Flextronics' plant in Fort Worth, Texas,
though Apple notes more than 2,000 people in 20 states helped build the new
The new Mac Pro is a complete and radical redesign of the tower/workstation
design that Apple has used since the G5 tower was introduced in 2003.
In the U.S., pricing for the new tower begins at $2,999 for the entry-level
model. There are a number of additional build-to-order components that can be
customized for an additional cost.
Apple gave an unusual sneak peek at the redesigned Mac Pro earlier this year
at WWDC, after promising a year earlier that a redesign was forthcoming. The
flagship Mac Pro had not seen a significant update in more than three years.
The new Mac Pro comes with next-generation Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors with
as many as 12 cores, two AMD FirePro GPUs standard, PCI Express flash storage,