Apple unveils Mac Pro

Written by Ryan Garside

August 8, 2006 // 3:04 p.m.

Tags: #apple #intel #jobs #leopard #mac #pro #steve #woodcrest #xeon

Mac's fusion with Intel was demonstrated for the first time yesterday when Steve Jobs introduced the Mac Pro at the company's developer conference in San Francisco. He announced:

"Apple has successfully completed the transition to using Intel processors in just seven months -- 210 days to be exact. And what better product to complete it with than the new Mac Pro, the workstation Mac users have been dreaming about."

We're not sure many Mac users have been spending their nights dreaming about the new product, but the machine certainly does look sleek. Gizmondo have got some nice pictures of it which I recommend for all Mac fans.

Here are the main specs:

• Two Dual-Core Intel Xeon (Woodcrest) 5100
• Eight slots of 667MHz DDR2 RAM, supporting up to 16GB of total memory
• Four PCI-Express slots that can be configured with an NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT, an ATI Radeon X1900 XT, or an NVIDIA Quadro FX4500.
• Eight display support (With four graphics cards installed)
• Four SATA Hard Drive bays
• Two Optical SuperDrive supporting Bays
• Lots of connectivity, including dual Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, Firewire 400, and USB 2.0.

The Mac will be expensive, probably coming in at around $2499. If you want to complement your Mac Pro with all the latest Apple products - monitors, RAM and hard drive plus everything else, you could be looking at a very hefty sum indeed.

To supplement this announcement Jobs also gave us some information regarding Apple's upcoming operating system. Dubbed 'Leopard', it boasts updates to the web browser safari, multi-user iCal, Yahoo/MSN compatibility and much more. However, Jobs seemed reluctant to reveal the major updates, and will probably keep them secretive until Vista finalises its feature list.

In the mean time Mac threw out a few jovial jibes at Microsoft, implying that Vista was a rip off of Mac's current operating system as well as hanging banners reading:"Hasta La Vista, Vista." In truth though this reaction probably signifies how seriously Mac really is taking Vista. The WWDC(Apple Worldwide Developers Conference) will run until this Friday and we'll let you know if anything else exciting happens.

Are you excited by the Mac Pro? What features do you think Jobs is keeping secretive about the latest operating system? Let us know your theories over in the forums.

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