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See what Apple's $6,000 Mac Pro looks like on your desk with your iPhone or iPad

AR magic gets the Mac Pro on your desk for free.

What a $5,000 monitor and $1,000 stand look like on your desk.
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This story is part of WWDC 2022, CNET's complete coverage from and about Apple's annual developers conference.

At $5,999, Apple's new Mac Pro is quite the investment for creators out there. Apple wants to ease you in, literally letting you visualize your new life with the Mac Pro and $4,999 Pro Display XDR monitor by creating a 3D render you can position on your desk or table.

If you own an iPhone ($899 at Amazon) or iPad ($169 at Amazon) -- which, if you're considering a Mac Pro, I assume you do -- Apple's online store allows you to use AR to see the powerful computer on your desk (or wherever you may wish to put it).

To see the Mac Pro in your abode:

1. Head over to the device's page on Apple's site.

2. Scroll down and tap either See Mac Pro in AR or See Mac Pro Display XDR.

3. Wait for the screen to load, and tap either Object to zoom and rotate the render, or AR to use the rear camera. 

4. If you use the latter, point the camera at your surface. 

Even better: The AR edition of the high-end monitor comes with the Pro Display XDR's $999 stand free of charge, an add-on that has everyone's knickers in a twist.


Here's the $6,000 Mac Pro, complete with convincing reflections.

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Apple announced the $5,999 entry-level configuration of the Mac Pro on Monday at WWDC. It features an eight-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card and a 256GB SSD, and will start shipping in the fall. 

Higher-end configurations of the 2019 Mac Pro feature some new and very heavy duty components, including a new Radeon Pro Vega II graphics processor and a specialized graphics card, Apple Afterburner, that can process more than 6 billion pixels per second.

Meanwhile, the Pro Display XDR's chief feature is high-dynamic range (HDR). Doing HDR correctly requires a lot of horsepower to illuminate the screen, and the XDR monitor can get exceedingly bright -- and stay that way. Apple says an advanced cooling system can maintain its 1,000 nits brightness "indefinitely."

Apple likened the new display to professional reference monitors in the $40,000 price range.

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