Apple has been promising that its redesigned Mac Pro would be reaching consumers before the end of 2013, and it looks like it's actually delivering ... less than two weeks before the year's end. The new, completely redesigned Mac Pro is hitting store shelves and Apple's online store starting today, with several varieties to choose from.

Just to reiterate some of the details we first learned about back in June, this Mac Pro features a striking cylindrical design, with all the main components revolving around a fan-cooled thermal core. Measuring just 9.9 in (25 cm) tall and 6.6 in (16.8 cm) in diameter, Apple claims its latest home computer has only an eighth of the volume of the previous model, but can still house more advanced components for a much more powerful machine. To expand its capabilities, the computer also includes a staggering six Thunderbolt 2 ports, as well as four inputs for USB 3.0 and one for HDMI 1.4 UltraHD.

The most basic model retails for US$2,999 and includes a quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor that can reach 3.9 GHz in speed, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with a combined 4 GB of VRAM, 12 GB of DDR3 ECC memory, and 256 GB of PCI Express flash storage. Starting with these specs – which are still nothing to sneeze at – customers can also opt for processors with six, eight, or 12 cores, as well as further improved GPUs, up to 64 GB of memory, and as much as 1 TB of solid state storage. You may want to be selective with the options you choose though, since, judging from the current pricing on Apple's website, the Mac Pro tower by itself with maxed-out hardware will cost a whopping $9,599.

Beginning today, Apple will be offering the new Mac Pro through its website, official store, and authorized resellers. If you really want one in time for Christmas though, you're going have to brave the mall, since the website states that online orders won't begin shipping until Dec. 30.

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