New Mac Pro Uses 68% Less Energy, 74% Less Aluminum Than Previous Generation

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Apple today released an Environmental Report [PDF] on its newly introduced Mac Pro, detailing the greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and material efficiency of the company's professional workstation.

According to the report, the Mac Pro uses power-efficient components that utilize less than half the allowable energy limit of the ENERGY STAR requirements for computers. It also uses 68 percent less power in idle mode than the previous generation Mac Pro, released in 2010.

Because one of the largest portions of product-related greenhouse gas emissions results from actual use, energy efficiency is a key part of each product's design. Apple products use power-efficient components and software that can intelligently power them down during periods of inactivity. The result is that Mac Pro is energy efficient right out of the box.
Apple states that the Mac Pro's "ultracompact product and packaging designs" are at the forefront of the industry in terms of material efficiency and that its component makeup contains large amounts of aluminum and copper, which are desired by recyclers. The Mac Pro contains 3660 grams of aluminum and steel, 715 grams of copper, and 270 grams of plastics and uses 74 percent less aluminum than the previous Mac Pro.

Mac Pro packaging has also become more efficient, with current retail packaging using 82 percent less volume than packaging for the previous generation Mac Pro, which also allows for three times more units to fit in a single airline shipping container.

Finally, Apple clarifies that all of its products, including the Mac Pro, comply with and exceed the European Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, avoiding hazardous substances like brominated flame retardants and offering PVC-free internal cables and a PVC-free AC power cord in most regions.

Apple maintains detailed reports on its environmental responsibility, producing progress reports on its environmental impact each year. Recently, the company hired former EPA chief Lisa Jackson to head its environmental and sustainability efforts and it has also made efforts to create data centers that use 100 percent renewable energy.

The Mac Pro is the first Mac in many years to be manufactured in the United States, providing more than 2,000 jobs across 20 states. The computer is produced in Austin, Texas, in partnership with Flextronics.

Article Link: New Mac Pro Uses 68% Less Energy, 74% Less Aluminum Than Previous Generation
 

Konrad9

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Wow that's low energy consumption. I wonder how long it would take to recoup the cost of upgrading just from saved electricity costs? Obviously there would need to be a lot of users, but still.
 

johnnnw

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Why are we pretending less aluminum is a good thing?

Aluminum > Plastic
 

luckydcxx

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i was at the apple store today and managed to check out the new pro. it is amazing, the engineering and design is absolutely incredible. :apple:
 

AngerDanger

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But doesn't this data only apply to the Product (WOOD) Mac Pro? :confused:
 
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mrtravel123

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Why is a graph that explains all of the MP materials using wood textures?:confused:
A picture speaks volumes. In this case, it seems rather clear that we're talking about energy efficiency, going green, etc.

The wood textures / grains actually offers a great visual for this.
 

Lancer

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It would want to use less power given it's no longer driving as many fans or 4 HDDs. But you need to take into account you'll now be 'forced' to run external drives for most of your storage.
 

LordVic

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Any reduction in our carbon footprint by way of less production resources, and natural resources is a good thing.

Apple should be proud of this feat.
 

osx11

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Why are we pretending less aluminum is a good thing?

Aluminum > Plastic
Producing Aluminum requires an insane amount of energy. So yes, less Aluminum is a good thing.

According to Wikipedia, US Aluminum production consumes 5% of US generated energy.
 

prowlmedia

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A picture speaks volumes. In this case, it seems rather clear that we're talking about energy efficiency, going green, etc.

The wood textures / grains actually offers a great visual for this.

Well yes... but it's actually representative of skeuomorphic design they appear to be ditching :)

Actually makes it hard to read too... but then again all pie charts are pretty awful for that.
 
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