Apple Inc. debuted their new iMac Pro back at WWDC in June this year saying that it will be available in December. After an “exhausting” 6 month wait it’s finally here. The price of this beast ranges from $4,999 (around LKR 768,846) to $13,199 (LKR 2,030,006). You might be wondering “why a PC (or in this case a workstation) can cost this much?“. Well, here’s why.
Here are the specifications at a glance 😉
27-inch (diagonal) Retina 5K display
5120‑by‑2880 resolution with support for one billion colors
500 nits brightness
Wide color (P3)
3.2GHz Intel Xeon W
Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor
with 8GB of HBM2 memory**
32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory
Quad-channel memory controller
|Storage||1TB SSD, 2TB SSD or 4TB SSD|
|Size and Weight||Height: 20.3 inches (51.6 cm)
Width: 25.6 inches (65.0 cm)
This beast comes in Space Gray with matching Space Gray accessories, and is more suitable for people who play around with Final Cut pro or Adobe After Effects or Adobe Premier Pro in their day to day life, or for people who develop high end applications that require machines that support high processing because the iMac Pro literally lets us playback videos in high-resolution while editing 8K raw frames (this has been confirmed by YouTubers who have tested this workstation).
“iMac Pro combines the incredible design of the iMac with the most powerful workstation architecture we’ve ever built,” said John Ternus (Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering). “iMac is the most popular desktop for our pro users due to its amazing display and elegant design, so we completely re-engineered it to deliver performance far beyond what anyone thought possible in an all-in-one.”
Here are some speed benefits over the existing quad-core iMac given by the company:
- 3D designers can visualize huge 3D models and render scenes up to 3.4 times faster.
- Developers can run multiple virtual machines and test environments, and compile code up to 2.4 times faster.
- Scientists and researchers can manipulate massive data sets and complex simulations, visualizing data up to 5 times faster.
- Photographers can work with enormous files and perform image processing up to 4.1 times faster.
- Music producers can bounce (export) massive multi-track projects up to 4.6 times faster and use up to 12.4 times as many real-time plug-ins.
- Video editors can edit up to eight streams of 4K video, or edit 4.5K RED RAW video and 8K ProRes 4444 at full resolution in real-time without rendering. The iMac Pro can also export HEVC video 3 times faster.
When it comes to hardware, this workstation has a downfall when compared to the previous iMac, that is this machine is not upgradable. The machine is completely sealed which means if you want to increase the RAM (Random Access Memory) or the SSD (Solid State Disk) storage a few years after you purchase this beast you will not be able to, you would have to buy a completely new machine altogether (cause this is a sealed all-in-one machine).
Overall this iMac Pro seems great for me, but I would think twice if I am to buy this workstation, at least the minimum specifications which costs $4,999 because I can build my own rig with similar high specs for a cheaper rate, though, it will be running on Windows and not on the smooth Mac OS X (which lately have been having some security threats). What about you? Would you spend $4,999 on a machine like this or would you rather invest it on something else? Let us know by commenting below and by reacting to this post.
* - The processor can be configured to 10-Core, 14-Core or 18-Core based on your budget and all ** - The graphics can be configured to Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory *** - The memory can be configured to 64GB (64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory) or 128GB (128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory)