Apple has upgraded its Mac Pro desktop computer lineup with faster CPUs, beefier GPUs and more memory, while holding their starting prices to their existing $2,999 and $3,999 totals.
The move essentially brings some of the company’s higher-end Mac Pro options down to the base models, giving buyers more features and value at the existing prices.
Apple didn’t officially announce the new standard configurations but they first appeared on the company’s website on April 4.
The former Mac Pro four-core model now gets a six-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with 12MB of L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, while the former six-core Mac Pro now gets an eight-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with 25MB of L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz, according to the new specifications.
Buyers of the new six-core Mac Pro can also choose optional 3.0GHz 8-core processors with 25MB of L3 cache or a 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB of L3 cache at extra cost, while buyers of the new eight-core model can upgrade to a 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB of L3 cache.
The six-core Mac Pro starts at $2,999, while the eight-core model starts at $3,999, which were the starting prices of the previous models.
Both Mac Pro models continue to include 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, which can be upgraded to 512GB or 1TB of storage at extra cost. The also run macOS Sierra and will each support up to three 5K displays or up to six Thunderbolt displays and include built-in 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Also included are four USB 3 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and an HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port.
Apple is also at work on a new Mac Pro model and an accompanying new display but they won’t ship in 2017, while a new iMac is targeted for release sometime later this year.