Mac Pro: Apple’s most expensive, most powerful computer on sale for up to $50,000

Andrew Griffin
EPA

Apple's Mac Pro has finally gone on sale, and costs up to $50,000.

Customers in the US can order Apple's most expensive, most powerful computer now.

While it begins at a slightly more reasonable price of $5,999, customers are given a variety of options to upgrade it.

At the very highest-end – with the most expensive of all possible options – the computer costs $52,748.

That includes a cost of $25,000 just for the memory. Apple offers up to 1.5 terabytes of RAM, which represent half of the cost of the most expensive version of the computer.

For that price, customers do not get the display – which starts at $4,999 – or the $999 stand that holds up that screen.

The fully-specced, $50,000 version of the computer includes a 2.5GHz 28-core Intel processor, 1.5TB of RAM, two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards, 4TB of SSD storage, and Apple's own Afterburner card. That's all contained within Apple's "stainless steel frame with wheels", and also comes with a mouse, trackpad and keyboard.

Potential customers – or those just interested in working out how much theoretical money they can spend – can configure a version of the Mac Pro on Apple's website. It appears to be only available for purchase on the US version of the site, with international pages such as the UK still only displaying the option to be notified when it goes on sale.

It is very unlikely that anyone will actually buy the most expensive version of the Mac Pro. Apple has specifically stressed that the aim of the computer is for it to be modular, allowing people to include the expensive, powerful components they need and not pay for the parts they don't.

It is also likely that anyone spending near the top of the range for the computer will be doing so for a business. Mac Pros are largely used by people in processing intensive jobs such as games design or video editing, where full computing setups regularly cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The computer has been teased for more than a year, and Apple has slowly revealed pieces of information about it. At its WWDC event in June, it said that the computer would be coming towards the end of the year and cost $5,999 – but the opening of orders is the first time that the full price has been revealed.

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