The Mac Pro lives, as promised back in June at WWDC. You remember the one. The rubbish bin. The Darth Vader computer. Now we know more details, such as the Intel Xeon E5 innards will come in up to 12 cores options.
Apple's also crammed in an AMD FirePro, with dual 384-bit memory buses and up to 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM and up to 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory. There's also next-generation Flash; up to 1TB of user-accessible Flash storage. Six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and four USB 3.0s, with 20Gb/s throughput, and support for up to three 4K displays (and one HDMI 1.4). According to Apple, it uses 70 per cent less energy than the previous Mac Pro.
Available in December, the new Mac Pro will start at £2,499 in the 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon configuration with 12GB of RAM, a dual AMD FirePro D300 GPU with 2GB of VRAM each and 256GB SSD, and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at £3,299.