As young men, we thought by the year 2000 we’d all be zipping around in Jetsons-style tubes from one place to the next. Well, it’s 2013, and while Elon Musk’s attempt is a far cry from our childhood wonders, Apple’s newest Mac Pro at least gives us hope that we may get there yet. Take just one look at Apple’s latest creation and you’ll see why it makes our list of the best that 2013 has to offer. This sneak peek into the future of the pro desktop has roused more curiosity than Snooki’s “powder” diet and was unveiled in June as the most powerful and smallest Mac Pro to date. Though not a full-on made-in-the-USA affair, Apple is making a point of bringing some of its more involved labor back into the U.S. That’s right, it’s even (partially) assembled in our own backyard.
This tube of black magic is crafted around a unified thermal core that allows the desktop to efficiently share its entire thermal capacity across all of its processors, which are configured in a triangular shape around a central cooling fan. This framework cuts size to one-eighth the volume of the previous Mac Pro, saving precious space for desktop users. Two GPUs standard make this beast capable of seamless editing of 4k video... while rendering 4k video in the background... all on up to three 4k displays. The four-channel, 1866MHz DDR3 memory will blast through computation-intensive tasks and works in tandem with the 12-core processor -- both of which make the new Mac Pro up to twice as fast as the outgoing model.
Leaving no stone unturned, Apple even upgraded the wireless capability of the Mac Pro with 802.11ac wi-fi, the latest in wireless connectivity. By adding four USB 3.0 ports, no fewer than six Thunderbolt 2 ports and one HDMI port, the new Pro should stay up to date for years to come. “With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet”, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, following the product’s press release. We have to agree. With brains, beauty and brawn, this Mac might just be the best forward-thinking tech device around. Sorry, Rosie.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
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