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Apple Begins Orders For New Mac Pro

An attendee looks at the new Mac Pro during an Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An attendee looks at the new Mac Pro during an Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Apple started taking orders for its high-end Mac Pro desktop computer on Thursday.

The black, cylinder-shaped machine is assembled in Austin, consistent with Apple’s pledge to move manufacturing of an existing Mac line to the United States.

The Mac Pro, long considered a work horse among graphics and film professionals, is now one-eighth the volume of the previous, boxy model and is about 10 inches tall. With a starting price of $2,999, the computer can be configured with a faster processor, more memory and other attributes.

Apple isn’t making the Mac Pro available for immediate pick up at a retail store. Customers must order online or at a store for delivery or store pickup. Those who ordered early will have their machines shipped before the end of the year, but shipping dates have already slipped to February.

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