Apple's new iMac Pro has started shipping, and it's an amazing machine. Simply put, it's the most powerful Mac ever, a title that will probably keep for Apple publishing a new version of Mac Pro, promised sometime in 201
8. But for now, what's special about iMac Pro and should you buy one?
The most important thing to know about world-wide iMac Pro is that it is aimed at professional professionals, and as a result it will be costly fast. The basic configuration starts at $ 4999, and if you maximize all of its options, you spend over $ 13,000. There is a lot of money, but you get a lot of money for your money.
The power starts with the processor, an 8-core Intel Xeon W. If there is not enough performance for you, there are also 10-core, 14-core and 18-core alternatives. Apple also did not talk to RAM-32GB comes standard and you can bump it to either 64GB or 128GB. Standard storage is a 1TB solid state drive, but you can increase it to 2TB or 4TB. You can not upgrade your iMac Pro in any way, but you can take it to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider (or contact me) to get more RAM installed after that fact.
The screen is a stunning 27-inch Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 screen, and the iMac Pro drives all the pixels with a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics card with 8GB of memory, but you can get even more graphics processing effect from an optional Radeon Pro Vega 64 card with 16 GB.
Most of iMac Pros's other specifications are similar to the existing 27-inch iMac with Retina display-a 1080p FaceTime camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, an SDXC card slot, four USB 3 ports, and one headphone jack, but it also has four Thunderbolt 3 ports for running external monitors and large storage arrays, along with 10Gb Ethernet for fast-moving network access.
It comes with a spacecraft magic keyboard with numeric keypad and an intermediate magic mouse 2. You can switch to a $ 50 gray magic magic trackpad or purchase both $ 149 recording devices as you may want because the gray border peripherals do not sold separately.
Many of the iMac Pro options come with eye-catching price tags – $ 2400 for 18-core processor and another $ 2400 for 128GB of RAM – but the stratospheric costs make the purchase decision easy. If you are in a workflow where increased performance translates directly into increased productivity, you will have an iMac Pro as soon as you can get one. It is ideal for video editors who need to work with 8K video, engineers using complex modeling programs and developers who suffer from long compiled times. Simply put, if time is money for you, you want an iMac Pro.
And if you're a professional whose need is not so rare, you can rest easily and know that the regular 27-inch iMac can give you more than enough performance for much less money.