The iMac Pro was launched on December 14, 2017. So, you may be a little behind the Jones’, but I’m a firm believer in waiting for all the kinks to be ironed out. Yes, being on the bleeding edge is fun, but not the smartest if you’re looking for good ol’ fashioned stability.
Before we get to the nitty gritty details, let’s bring up the price tag so you don’t have to skim to the bottom of this article. It starts out at a whopping $4,999. Yup, a dollar under $5,000. No need to adjust your retina or non-retina screen. It actually costs THAT much.
Is the iMac Pro for you?
If you’re a creative type who needs to play with your Final Cut Pro and other video editing software, this iMac was made just for you. In fact, Apple has been getting a lot of flack for not having an iMac that could handle the heavy duty graphic rendering among other 3D applications.
Or if you’re the type that needs the fastest graphics experience for your games, programs, videos, or whatever, yup, this baby’s for you as well.
What has impressed me the most is the way Apple has insulated the insides to ensure it doesn’t overheat. The two oversized internal fans suck in the logic board heats and dispel the hot air out if the fan ducts. So, it’s one of the first Apple computers that actually tells the hot air where to go. Think how Lenovo, IBM, or PC laptops are made with heat sinks. The iMac Pro pretty much operates the same way. This is smart since the video chip and logic board are working hard on this thing to produce the 5K Retina display and superior graphics.
So, what about the specs?
Here are the notable ones:
Graphics: 5,120 x 2,880 resolution. Woah, that’s no joke! And of course, it has a 5K retina display. You can also pick from the 8GB or 16GB graphics card model.
Processor: You can go with an 8-core or 10-core Xeon W processor. Not too shabby.
Storage: You can go with a 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB solid state drive. Okay, that passes.
RAM: Ranging from 32GB to 128GB, you can seriously amp up the speed here.
What’s the take away?
Your paying a serious chunk of change here for the video and graphics.
Sure, the solid state drive and RAM pushes up the price tag, but the $4,999 base price is due to the graphics. If you need a graphic-heavy iMac or just a seriously kick-ass fast iMac, this bad boy is for you.
Otherwise, you may want to consider upgrading or fixing your current iMac.
It is actually easier than you think. Where Apple and Genius Bar frown upon upgrades for the hopes of pushing you towards new products, there are actually very experienced, savvy iMac repair shops in NYC that can help you. Upgrading your iMac to a solid state drive or throwing in more RAM is a lot less expensive than forking down $5K for a 5K retina screen! So, before you hand out some big bills for the iMac Pro, I’d recommend that you take a look at your current iMac assuming you have one, and get a free iMac diagnostic at a local iMac repair service company. See how much it will be to upgrade. I’m have a feeling it will be a lot less than buying an iMac Pro.