Apple unveils stunning new Mac Pro with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Mac Pro adopts radical space-saving cylindrical design, as Apple also unveils OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Apple pulled off a characteristic surprise at WWDC with the unveiling of a new Mac Pro with an extraordinary cylindrical design.
The new Mac Pro was previewed alongside the new version of its Mac operating system, which has finally ditched the cats nomenclature and will be known as OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
The new Mac Pro is a black cylinder, which Apple claims consumes only an eighth of the volume of its last generation Mac Pro desktop.
It may be a fraction of the size, but it promises to deliver a heck of a lot more power. The 9.9in tall device will use next-generation Xeon processors, dual workstation-class AMD GPUs with 4,096 stream processors, PCIe-based flash storage, and "ultra-fast" ECC memory.
The Mac Pro will also debut Thunderbolt 2 ports, Intel's high-speed but little-used interconnect. Each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports are capable of data-transfer speeds of up to 20Gbits/sec.
Apple claims the Mac Pro is powerful enough to power up to three 4K-resolution displays, but we've no idea how much all of this power and design will cost. Apple was only teasing the audience with a preview of the device, which won't appear until "later this year".
OS X 10.9
As expected, Apple also unveiled a new version of OS X. Having run out of cats to adopt, Apple's decided to use Californian place-names as its codenames for future versions of OS X, dubbing this one Mavericks.
Apple claimed the new OS has more than 200 new features. A revamped Finder allows users to apply tags to documents stored locally or in the cloud, to make them easier to locate.
Multi-display handling has been improved, so that going full-screen on one display doesn't affect the other(s), and different zoom levels can be applied to separate screens. HD TVs can also be used as secondary display for a Mac using an Apple TV and AirPlay.
A revamped notifications system allows users to reply to tweets from within the notification itself, while emails can be deleted instantly. Push notifications for iOS devices can now be sent to Macs as well.
Safari 7 introduces a smattering of new features, including a new sidebar containing bookmarks, Reading Lists and links shared from contacts on Twitter or LinkedIn. The browser automatically scrolls to the next article on the Reading List as the user reaches the end of the preceding article.
Safari 7 has also been given its own password manager, called iCloud Keychain.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks has been released to developers today.