Apple have been criticised in the past for being too consumer focused. Nobody can accuse them of a watered down approach when it comes to the new Mac Pro. It’s an outrageously expensive machine aimed at businesses and Hollywood. The new Mac Pro also features Afterburner, which is a FPGA hardware accelerator card exclusive to Apple. This custom hardware with over a million logic cells, handles no less than 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW and up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW.
Apple expects significant bulk orders from corporate clients with this new machine. Movie studios, companies like Adobe, Pixar and CGI firms will be top of the list.
Those hoping for a $2k-$3k machine to compete on value for money versus top of the range PCs can forget it.