At Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL ) developer conference today, the company gave a "sneak peek" of a redesigned Mac Pro desktop computer. The Mac Pro has been overdue for a major overhaul, and Apple has done just that. The professional-caliber device is much smaller than the outgoing model at just 9.9 inches tall and features the latest Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ) Xeon processors.
The new Mac Pro features a new unified thermal core to efficiently dissipate heat from all the processors. It features two workstations-class GPUs made by Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD ) , and uses significantly faster flash memory than before. The new Mac Pro is also notable because it will be assembled here in the U.S., confirming CEO Tim Cook's prior comments that an upcoming Mac would be assembled domestically.
Apple is also adding Intel's recently announced Thunderbolt 2 technology, which promises even faster speeds. No pricing information was provided, and availability is set for "later this year."