Apple says it has signed a contract with a California computer maker to develop a new machine, and that it expects the new computer to be ready for mass production by the end of this year.
The contract includes a $50 million cash payment to the company, the California Public Utilities Commission, the commission said in a statement on Friday.
The contract includes the signing of a contract that covers the design and manufacturing of the machine and the delivery of the machines to the manufacturer, it added.
“The goal of this contract is to provide a machine that will be fully capable of supporting Apple’s highly-skilled workforce,” Apple said in the statement.
The Mac Pro is expected to feature an Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4 processor, 256GB of RAM, and Intel HD graphics.
The machine will also feature dual graphics processors and two SSDs.
Apple is also building a new server platform for the Mac Pro, which it will use to make server-grade applications, the company said.
The new machine is also expected to have an Intel Core i7-2610M processor, 128GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 4K monitor, Apple said.
Apple’s contract with Intel is the second in which the company has signed an agreement with a computer maker.
In January, the Cupertino, California-based company said it would be paying $1.2 billion for the PC maker’s manufacturing facilities in China.