Apple claimed that iMac Pro is the ‘most powerful Mac ever made; with the trim and striking all-in-one PC that tops the traditional iMac. The iMac 2017 and even the new iMac 2019 don’t even come close to the performance this AIO delivers. With all the high-end PC components within and of course the features of Apple, it designed for creative and professionals.
Price and availability
Even though the iMac Pro’s design looked pretty much like the classic iMac, the internal components are designed for professional uses. You don’t have to worry about working with it at your maximum pace because of the workstation-lever hardware within.
With all the great things coming to you, how much iMac Pro actually cost? Well, as you expected from a high-end computer that purposed for professionals, your wallet might be scream a little bit.
This machine begins with its base model going for $4,999 (£4,899, AU$7,299), which admittedly is already pretty expensive for mainstream consumers. If you do have the funds, though, that base model is definitely more than enough for many creative endeavors. It touts its 27-inch 5K Retina display, an 8-core Intel Xeon W processor (CPU), AMD Radeon Vega 56 (8GB) graphics (GPU), 32GB of error-correcting code (ECC) memory and a 1TB solid-state drive (SSD).
If you require more than those specs, you can go for a maxed-out iMac with a 10-core Xeon W CPU, 32GB RAM, AMD Vega 64X graphics and a gargantuan 2TB SSD. This will set you back $7,099 (£6,789, A$10,659).
Finally, the kitted-out iMac Pro is sporting an 18-core Intel Xeon W chip, 256GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage and the same AMD Radeon Vega 64X GPU for $15,699 (£14,529, A$24,419). That’s a substantial investment, but with it, you’re getting a lot of power and storage.
Of course, you can also fine-tune each of these configurations even further, picking any combination of storage amount, processor and graphics card type, and memory size that will fulfill your needs and budget. Just bear in mind that the final price will change as well.
With the great power behind the iMac Pro, Apple really outdone itself with maintaining the design of the all-in-one machine. The iMac Pro has 27-inch display contains all the powerful internal components, resulting sleek and stark machine that look attractive for use in an office or studio.
Apple has kept the body slim and trim for it to looked pretty cool. At its edges, the iMac Pro is just 5mm (0.2 inches) thick, which means it won’t take up a lot of room on your desk. It comes in at just 0.7kg (21.38 pounds) as well.
According to Apple, this cooling system, which integrates a high-capacity heat sink and additional venting on the back of the computer, provides almost 75% more airflow and an 80% increase in system thermal capacity. All the while, the iMac Pro consumes 67% more power than a 27-inch iMac. This design efficiently cooled the iMac Pro when we tested it, which involved editing 4K HDR content in Final Cut Pro X, all while keeping the fan noise down.
One more iMac Pro power that differs it from the regular iMac, is that it has new color available: Space Gray. It has stylish Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 also come in this new color. The 27-inch 5K screen was declared by Apple as its ‘best ever,’ boasting 500 nits of brightness, an increase of 43% over previous iMacs’ brightness. The iMac Pro has improve over standard 4K resolution to 5.120 x 2.880 to make it more delightful.
The webcam also contains four microphones. It is a great help to reduce background noise and noise cancelling. At the base of the iMac Pro, you got a 3.5mm headphone jack, SDXC card slot, four full-size USB 3.0 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a 10Gb Ethernet port, which affords blazing fast network speeds. The Thunderbolt 3 ports can be utilized to connect to additional displays as well, such as two 5K external displays at 60Hz, or four 4K UHD displays at 60Hz.
The iMac Pro come with the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, and optionally, the Magic Trackpad 2 – all of which come in the new Space Gray color. Beside the new color, these peripherals should be generally familiar.
The Magic Mouse 2 has the same design with the older iMac. The mouse feels smooth and responsive during use and handles very well on several surfaces. If you’re used to using Macs, then you’ll be right at home. You will find one downside on Magic Mouse 2: to charge the mouse, you still need to connect the Lightning cable to the bottom of the mouse. It means you won’t be able to use the Magic Mouse 2 while it’s charging.
Lastly the Magic Trackpad 2. It’s a great peripheral with an edge-to-edge surface that lets you control the iMac Pro. The shortage of updates on these peripherals will be great news to anyone who’s already a fan of them. However, it will likely disappoint anyone else who isn’t, and was hoping for something much improved for the iMac Pro.
The Magic Trackpad 2 won’t be pair automatically the very first time you try to use it – we had to plug it into the iMac Pro via the included Lightning cable (which comes in black) before we could use it with the iMac Pro wirelessly.
The configuration Apple sent us is fitted a 3.0GHz, 10-core Intel Xeon-W processor, 128GB of DDR4 RAM and a Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics card with 16GB of HBM2 memory. With these specs and its extremely high price, you’d expect the iMac Pro to perform like a beast. And, unsurprisingly, it does.
The iMac Pro is also capable for editing 360 video. You can edit the footage while someone else views the changes on a connected HTC Vive virtual reality headset.
The high-end Xeon processor also makes the iMac Pro a video transcoding behemoth. We used Handbrake to turn a 10-minute-long, 4K 60-frame-per-second (fps) file into a 1080p 30fps file, and it just took four minutes on normal settings. Again, if you find yourself sitting around and waiting for large video files to transcode, then the iMac Pro’s ability to significantly reduce those times more than justifies the price of admission.
Without a doubt, the iMac Pro delivers workstation-level performance. If you’re often using a number of Mac applications for work, and you need them to run faster and smoother than ever, then you’ll want to consider leaving the computer you have now and spending some serious money on the iMac Pro.
However, if that level of performance isn’t entirely absolutely essential, you might want to just stick with a standard iMac with its mainstream components – for a much more affordable price.