Mac Pro to Hit Shelves Thursday

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) long-awaited Mac Pro will be available for order beginning Thursday, Forbes has discovered.

The desktop unit, around which buzz has been building for months, will be ready for purchase starting Thursday, according to a tweet from an Apple executive. The computer is the latest top-of-the-line model in desktop computing, representing the quality and style that have become closely associated with Apple’s products. Beware, though, that it also comes with an Apple-size price tag: The Mac Pro starts at $2,999.

The device itself is rather odd-looking, standing at less than a foot tall and shaped like a cylinder. Descriptions from those who have gotten the chance to interact with the Mac Pro have described it as resembling a piece of alien technology or as coming straight from the set of the latest science fiction movie.

Don’t be fooled into thinking its strange shape is indicative of a lack of capabilities, though. The basic model is equipped with a quad-core Xeon E5 processor from Intel (NASDAQ:INTL), dual AMD (NYSE:AMD) FirePro graphics processors, 12 gigabytes of memory, and 256 gigabytes of storage space. It is also capable of handling several different displays at once, be they 4K or Thunderbolt displays, according to ABC News.

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