Last week we brought you news that Apple might announce an update to the Mac Pro during this year's WWDC 2012 keynote. Then, shortly before the keynote began earlier this afternoon, we brought you news that the specs for several updated Mac computers - including the Mac Pro - had surfaced.
Initially, though, it appeared that all these rumors might have been false. Apple's keynote came and went without a whisper of the new Mac Pro. Mac Pro fans need not despair, however, that Apple's workhorse got left out in the cold. When the Apple Store went back up following the keynote, there was a shiny new Mac Pro right there along with the rest of Apple's new products.
The specs for the new Mac Pro match the information that was released this morning. There are three models. The quad-core model costs $2,499 and sports a single 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor with 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The 12-core model costs $3,799 and has two 2.4GHz 6-core processors with 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The Server model costs $2,999 and comes with a single 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives.
The Mac Pro was long overdue for an update. Apple has left the model virtually untouched for two years, prompting a significant outcry from its fans. Though it's hardly Apple's best-selling Mac model, it's extremely popular among a wide array of professionals, including software developers who create iOS and OS X apps.