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Apple used its annual developer conference to debut a fully redesigned desktop computer for professionals. Unlike the cylindrical model it replaces, the new Mac Pro (due out this fall) features a design reminiscent of years past, giving it significantly more expansion options. The power and flexibility come at a price, though, with the computer starting at around $6,000. You can see our hands-off video here. (We weren't allowed to touch it.)

Why it matters: Though they don't represent a large percentage of Apple's computer sales, professional users are among the company's most demanding and loyal customers.

The new Mac supports:

  • Up to 28-core Intel Xeon processors
  • Up to 1.5 terabytes of memory
  • Up to 300 watts of power

The Mac Pro will start at $5,999 for a model with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of memory and a 256-GB solid-state drive.

Flashback: Apple had said back in April 2017 that it would scrap the old design, but said its replacement would take time. It ended up taking even longer than expected.

To go along with the new desktop, Apple introduced a new $4,999 32-inch, 6K display, the first new stand-alone display from Apple, which had been reselling LG monitors in recent years. A stand that lets the monitor rotate from portrait to landscape mode itself costs $999.

Meanwhile: Apple also used its WWDC event in San Jose to show planned updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. You can read more on that here.

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Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.

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