It was over a decade ago that Johnny Ive and Steve Jobs came up with the mind blowing innovation that is the iMac, it didn’t matter that is costs about the same as a used car, one look and you knew you wanted one. Since then Apple’s progress on the iMac has been more internal while making the iMac sleeker and giving it the best display (4K 21” and 5K for the 27” iMac) and now Apple has proven that the iMac is still the best all in one machine even for the Pro market with the newly announced iMac Pro. It was earlier this month that Apple announced the new desktop powerhouse at WWDC 2017, it appeared in the form of a $4,999 iMac Pro making the all in one computer the most powerful Mac EVER.
The new iMac is buffed up and intended to address the concerns of the professional creatives, who have before now been limited to the general consumer 5K, 27” iMac or the older Mac Pro which hasn’t seen an update since 2013.
The iMac Pro will start with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor and can be configured with either a 10 or 18 core-processor variant, as well as up to 128GB of EEC RAM, 4TB of SSD storage and Radeon Vega graphics with up to 16GB of memory. The 27” iMac Po will have the 5K display from the current 5K iMac, it will have four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and is capable of pushing 44million pixels across three screens.
This iMac Pro will surely address the concerns of video editors that are looking to work with 4-8K footage that need the workstation level power, a market that Apple has been accused of forgetting about in the last couple of years.
The iMac Pro’s full pricing is yet to be revealed at this point all we know is that it starts at $4999, which works out to about £3936, however Apple is yet to confirm UK pricing. That being said, the standard iMac Pro comes with intel’s top-end Xeon CPUs with a minimum of 8 CPU cores, 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD, along with the 5K screen.
The processor will make multi-threaded tasks such as rendering and audio production a breeze, and while Apple showed off the standard 5K iMac being able to run VR and coming with a big boost in graphics power, the iMac Pro is in another league, so much so that it will simply be able to run ANYTHING you throw at it, add Mac OS into the mix and not only will the iMac Pro be the best all in one you will be able to buy later this year, but it will also be the most powerful Mac ever made.
Apple has a history of making great computers that work straight out of the box with great hardware that lasts for years (my MacBook Pro 2011 still works to this day as does my late 2012 iMac) i don’t see it being any different with the iMac Pro which will be available starting in December this year (2017).