Apple announced today that its workstation-class Mac Pro will be available this December. The system boasts 4 USB3 ports, 6 Thunderbolt 2, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Inside the trashcan-shaped shell are Intel Xeon E5 processors (in 4, 6, 8 or 12 core configuration), SSD storage, 40 lanes of PCI-express generation 3, a PCIe controller that has a throughput of 1 GB/s, and Dual AMD FirePro graphics with up to 12 GB VRAM, that will supposedly be able to handle up to three 4K displays. The price starts at $2999 (update: to really rub it in, keyboard and mouse are not included).
It seems that it isn’t possible to change the ATI FireGL graphics cards as feared, meaning that this probably won’t make it to the “must-have” list of most Mac gamers in the same way that the current Mac Pro is.