Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) will start accepting orders for its new Mac Pro on Thursday, December 19. The new personal computers (PCs) are manufactured in Austin, Texas and it is part of the $100 Made-in-the-USA initiative of Tim Cook, chief executive officer of the tech giant.
“We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It is the most powerful Mac ever,” according to Cook in a post on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).
During a previous interview in October, Cook emphasized that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is different from other companies such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Lenovo Group Ltd (HKG:0992) that are assembling their products in the United States with components made overseas. The components of the all-new Mac Pro are made locally.
Back then, Cook said, “The difference with us is that we’re taking a bottoms-up approach. We don’t want to just assemble the Mac Pro here, we want to make the whole thing here. This is a big deal. Apple’s partners are using industrial molds and production processes that were developed in the U.S.”
Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) said the all-new Mac Pro is integrated with the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. The personal computer is designed with an aluminum enclosure and it is only 9.9-inches tall and one eight of the size of its predecessor.
According to the tech giant, the Mac Pro provides the fastest performance and it will use less power. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) said the device will be available in customizable configurations.
The Mac Pro with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage will costs $2,999.
The prize of the Mac Pro 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 is $3,999 (US).
Consumers have the option to configure their Mac Pro using the faster 8-core pr 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Other configure-to-order options and accessories are available at the website of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Back in October, Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) said over 2,000 people are working on the Mac Pro in 20 states across the country.
Gene Munster, analysts at Piper Jaffray estimated that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be able to sell 1.1 million new Mac Pros, and will probably contribute less than 1% of its revenue next year.