Apple's Mac Pro now available: How will it sell?

Apple's Mac Pro is a juggernaut with an interesting design and impressive tech specs. The price tag, however, may give some aspiring creative pros pause.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Apple's Mac Pro will be available Dec. 19 and it's going to be interesting to watch how sales fare for this tech powerhouse for creative professionals.

The company doesn't really need Mac Pro to sell millions of units, but the tech specs---4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors, AMD GPUs and memory and bandwidth tweaks to juice performance---and interesting design will attract high-end buyers.

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Now the price is a bit hard to swallow. Depending on the initial configuration Mac Pro starts at $2,999 and $3,999. Configure to order options will likely push that price higher.

Add it up and Mac Pro is really a vanity system. For Apple, Mac Pro is an recent example that the company can innovate and break a few molds.

For $2,999 you get:

  • 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor 
  • 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage

For $3,999 you get:

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