I am currently testing Apple’s new operating system ‘Catalina’ but it is unlikely that I will be in a position to afford the new Mac Pro or the new Monitor. In case you are interested I should mention that I am running to new OS in a Virtual Machine on my iMac which has plenty of RAM.
Many years ago I registered as an Apple Developer and as part of the programme I received a Mac Pro which I really liked and during the following years I purchased various versions of the Pro Towers and all of them are still operational. However, I decided against the one that is now often referred to as the trashcan and switched to the iMac line and currently I use a 27 inch retina unit which I believe to be great value for money.
I also have a number of mac minis which I use as always on servers.
With the exception of the iMac none of my machines can run under Mojave so within the next two years I will need to replace some of my equipment especially as my current machines do not have Thunderbolt 3 even though my Lacie external drives are Thunderbolt 3.
I had hoped that I would be updating to a new Mac Pro but have decided against that idea because of the price. I suspect that the base unit will cost Euro 7000 or more in Ireland and the monitor will cost about Euro 6000 bringing the cost to about Euro 13,000. Of course I could use a much less expensive monitor but I would still need to spend close to Euro 10,000.
I expect to purchase a new Mac Mini later this year and after that I do not know what to do but I suspect that I will buy another iMac sometime in 2020 or even 2021.
San Jose, California — Apple today previewed macOS Catalina, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, packed with cool new features, fresh new apps and powerful new technology for developers.
With macOS Catalina, Apple is replacing iTunes with its popular entertainment apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. The all-new Sidecar feature enables users to extend their Mac desktop by using their iPad as a second display or as a high-precision input device across creative Mac apps. New security features keep users better protected and Voice Control lets users control their Mac entirely with their voice.
“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”
San Jose, California — Apple today introduced the all-new Mac Pro, a completely redesigned, breakthrough workstation for pros who push the limits of what a Mac can do, and unveiled Apple Pro Display XDR, the world’s best pro display. Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, the all-new Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. It also introduces Apple Afterburner, a game-changing accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.
Pro Display XDR features a massive 32-inch Retina 6K display with gorgeous P3 wide and 10-bit color, an extreme 1,600 nits of peak brightness, an incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle, all at a breakthrough price point. Together, the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are the most powerful tools Apple has ever put in the hands of pro customers and will change pro workflows forever.