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Apple is releasing its radically redesigned Mac Pro today, but you'll need at least a cool $4,000 to pick one up.

The new beasty hardware takes up around one-eighth the space of its predecessor and is a massive change in design as well, opting for a cylindrical design rather than the old, boring rectangular box.

The Mac Pro, described by Apple as "built for creativity on an epic scale," also doesn't compromise on power; it can be configured to boast a quad-, 6-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro graphics cards, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of super-fast PCI-Express flash storage.

In Australia, the base level quad-core Mac Pro will set you back AU$3,999, and the 6-core step-up model is AU$5,2999. Apple's US pricing is cheaper, at US$2,999 for the base model and US$3,999 for the 6-core model (both before sales tax).

It's expected the maximum configuration of the computer will set you back over $10,000.

The Mac Pro page still says "coming in December" but it should be available to purchase if you walk into an Apple store right now.

For more info check out Apple Australia's Mac Pro landing page here.

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David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the tender age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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