Turns out that black anodized aluminum tube is full of lots of things. Who knew?
Schiller's slinging out an alphabet soup of specs. AMD FirePro graphics, 528GB/s total bandwidth and up to 7 teraflops. also up to 1TB capacity (not sure what the base is just yet.)
Phil is talking up the abilities of Thunderbolt 2 ,including six devices tethered together.
Can handle up to three, 4K displays, has single and dual-input displays, and supports HDMI 1.4.
"There's never been a system that can do what the Mac Pro will be able to do with 4K video."
Schiller once again going over some of the neat stuff on the back of the machine, like Bluetooth 4, 802.11ac, USB 3, and Thunderbolt 2. There's even a motion sensor that picks up when you're plugging something in and will light up the panels.
"We have amazing customers, and we built this so that they can do things that we can't imagine." We're going to see what sorts of things they're thinking about.
Company's given out some of the machines to early adopters including Dean Devlin, the filmmaker who did Independence Day and other films. That also includes photography, like Lucas Gilman a photographer who's worked with Sports Illustrated, who liked it. Lastly, Stuart Price the music producer for Lady Gaga and Madonna.
"It will change the way that I make movies" sad Dean Devlin.
"This is the perfect computer for the recording studio," says Phil.
So celebrity endorsements done. $2,999 to start.
That's for 3.7Ghz quad core machine, 12GB DRAM, Dual FirePro D300, 2GB VRAM each, and 256GB SSD. Available "before the end of the year," Schiller says.
You gotta pay to play, folks.
Wow, 43 watts at idle vs. over 160 for the current Mac Pro.
Schiller says this new design takes 70 percent less electricity than the previous generation model, and is quieter too at 12 dBA idle, so it's on par with a Mac Mini.
Schiller notes that it's going to be assembled in the US, thousands of people across the US are making that happen, Schiller says.
And now we're getting a video of how this is being put together. Jeff Williams, Apple's SVP of operations is talking about it getting made, and cut to the aluminum getting stamped out, CNC machined and buffed down.
As a How Its Made fan, excuse me while I geek out for a moment or two.
Footage of lots of people milling about, opening and closing doors. This can't be helping US-based manufacturing efficiencies.
Very prettily-shot video of the tubes getting manufactured, checked by manufacturing techs and hand screwed into assembly.
Big applause for Made in the USA!
And that's it for the video. And for Mac News, so new Mac Mini news, apparently. And onto Eddy Cue, Apple's iTunes and App Store chief.
Looks like we're going to look at that new Pages we saw earlier.
We're starting off with iLife. Cue says iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband are also getting reworked for iOS 7, and new versions of those same three apps for the Mac as well.
"Browsing your photos has never been faster or smoother than now thanks to 64 bits."