Apple to Debut New Mac Pro and 4K LCD

We don't typically cover computer news and stories except for when it comes to Leica, Adobe, Apple and related software... But our discerning readers (you!) are by and large - mostly Mac and iOS users. Those of us with higher demands of our hardware are likely Mac Pro users, and unfortunately, have been waiting and waiting for an update to our beloved machines since mid-2012. Many of us have been eying Apple's new Mac Pro with perhaps more than a little anticipation.

While the cost will be steep - starting at $2,999 and featuring a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor with 12GB DRAM and dual FirePro D300 GPUs, they represent without doubt, serious computing muscle. One thing Apple has been mum on, as they're wont to do, are their plans for a capable display to pair up with this monster. Rumor has it that Sharp (based on the PN-K321 at $3,949 USD) might provide Apple with an update to their Thunderbolt Display (2560 x 1440) that's 4K (3840 x 2160) ready (of which the Mac Pro can drive three, out of the box).

It's almost a sure bet that the next release of Mac OS X Mavericks will come at the same time, at v10.9.1 (which is currently still in beta).

Well, the time has come - and word is they're set to drop on December 16, 2013 - exactly one week from today! The big question is, if they'll ship in time for Christmas. Get those credit cards ready! All in, the base cost for an entry-level system is almost the same as a shiny new Leica M (Type 240)...

Update (12/18/13): Apple slipped a bit on the date. But it's now official - Mac Pro to be available for order on December 19, 2013. The rumor still stands that Apple will surprise us with a 4K Thunderbolt 2 Display, and possibly some other goodies.

Update (12/19/13): They're available to buy now - and will ship on December 30, 2013. As we initially called it - Sharp will provide the display to go along with it, if you choose. Be careful on the BTO options as the price will climb rapidly! As a further update, only hours after availability today - the ship dates have slipped into February 2014! He who hesitates, loses.