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Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse

(upbeat music) – Hey everybody, it’s Nilay with The Verge. I’m here with Apple’s new Mac Pro. We’ve been waiting for this machine for a long time. The previous Mac Pro came out like in 2013. It was that round trashcan. Apple said it had designed itself into a thermal corner, pulled it off the market, and started redesigning this machine to be inherently modular. That’s what they said. So, we expected a big tower, but we got a tower that’s kind of unlike any other machine.

It’s all built inside of a stainless steel frame. All the components mount to that frame. This cover is just to manage the thermals. Inside, you’ve got an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores. There are eight PCIe, four slots. There’s an expansion slot for IO. That has an headphone jack, which is very important to me. It’s got two USB A ports and two Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s an additional USB-C ports on the top. There’s also incredible graphics. So this machine that you’re looking at right now that I’m sitting in front of is playing 8K video.

That is running on an additional card called the Afterburner card that you can configure into the system. It’s an FPGA that accelerates video rendering of this kind. This machine also has Radeon Pro Vega II graphics, the dual, so it has four GPUs in it, which is wild. All that stuff is configurable when you order it. There’s not a lot of details on how that’s going to work yet. All we know is that the base price of this machine, the one that’s been announced is $6,000. Apple says that compares favorably to comparable PCs with the same specs that come out at around $8,000. There’s also three fans on the front, a blower on the side to manage all the heat generated by that Xeon, by those graphics cards.

Apple says that, under a desk, it will be as quiet as the iMac Pro. We’ll have to see. In this environment, it’s extremely hard to tell. Here’s my favorite feature. You can get it on regular stands or you can get it on casters. This one’s on casters. I don’t wanna move this one too much, but you can see, it rolls. I’m also sitting in front of Apple’s new 6K retina display, the Pro Display XDR. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range instead of just high dynamic range. It does a thousand nits of sustained brightness, up to 1,600 nits of total brightness.

It has a million to one contrast ratio using what appears to be a very aggressive local dimming system and a heat management system with the same lattice pattern on the back to manage its heat. It’s really cool, it looks really beautiful. It’s so hard to show you on a YouTube video, but I promise you, it looks really, really cool. That display is $5,000. You can get a matte version for $6,000. And a stand is optional, it’s a $1,000, but you could probably just get a cheap VESA stand if you want. But the cool stand that Apple makes, it rotates in portrait mode, it’s a thousand extra dollars for this display. So one thing that Apple did not talk about today was putting Nvidia graphics cards in this machine. It’s something a lot of people want.

Right now, the only options we’ve heard about are those Radeon Vega II cards. We’re gonna talk to you Nvidia and see what they have to say about supporting this machine. One of the things Apple is really excited about is a new module called the MPX Expansion Module. In this machine, actually, the graphic cards are sitting in an MPX Expansion Module That is PCI plus Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 bus on a special connector. Proprietary cards are really interesting. They let you do really cool things.

The big promise here is if Apple can continue to support those cards over time ’cause these machines are expensive and they’re gonna last a long time, so we’ll have to see. The sexier Mac Pro really feels like the successor to the cheese grater tower that all of us have been wanting for so long. We will know much more about it when it comes out in the fall. Right now, the only price we have is $6,000 for that base model. I imagine Apple’s gonna sell this mostly as a configurable system. That’s the whole point. Whether you’re gonna add that afterburner card, what graphics cards you’re gonna put in it, what processor you’re gonna put in it, all of that is gonna hugely impact the price. We’re gonna find out more in the fall. So that’s everything I know about the Mac Pro, but Dieter and I are here at WWDC. We’re gonna find out everything we can.

Stay tuned to The Verge for more. Bye, okay. .

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update

The windows 10 May 2019 update is on its way to your PC here are my five favorite ways it’s making your PC better it’s hard to believe but this is the eighth feature update to Windows 10 dating back to July 2015 those early feature updates tried pretty hard to add game-changing new features to your PC on the other hand the May 20 19 Update is much more chill by and large it simply improves the features already in your PC remember all those videos where people were caught off guard by unexpected Windows updates disrupting their work Microsoft has now reworked the way in which Windows signals upcoming updates that require you to reboot your PC there’s a new icon on the taskbar intelligent active hours that try to determine when you’re using your PC and even the ability to pause updates for seven days for Windows 10 Pro and now Windows 10 home users – this one’s simple and fun if you’ve wanted to drop in the more complex K emoji such as the flipping the table expression it’s dead simple just open the emoji keyboard and you’ll see a list of popular key emoji as well as symbols to add to text messages and chat windows don’t forget Windows now supports emoji version 12 with objects

like a diving mask and flamingos there’s one fairly major aesthetic change the May 29 update that you need to know about Cortana and the windows search box are now separate boxes it’s not an enormous change though it does mean that Crotona is largely voiced driven now like a smart speaker windows search should already be fast but there’s a new behind the scenes indexer to make it even faster oh and you know if we’re talking aesthetic changes don’t forget about the new light theme either automated Troubleshooters is a feature you may never see and that’s a good thing if you have trouble connecting to Wi-Fi for example you’ve been able to manually open a troubleshooter that run some automated tests and procedures to solve your problem now Windows is promising that it will do more of it behind the scenes so if there’s a problem Windows will figure it out and solve it automatically virtualization is one of the selling points of Windows 10 Pro from the oddly named Windows Defender application guard browser to a full fledged hyper-v virtual machine while Microsoft would like hyper-v to live in the cloud Fanbox lives on your PC it’s a Windows PC within your Windows PC carving out a chunk of its resources to create a safe space to test software and websites it’s extremely simple to use you simply open sandbox test whatever website or app you wish and then close sandbox whatever was in sandbox vanishes when sandbox goes away that’s all for my favorite features but there’s lots more in my formal review as well as a separate list of hidden features that fly beneath the radar so what are yours tell me in the comments below and check out more Windows 10 tips and news from PC world and thanks for watching

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