Yes it was long overdue and Apple just did it. Apple announced a host of things this year at WWDC but the thing that caught our eye was the new iMac Pro. This things is a beast. It isn’t just 10% faster or just with a better display. The new iMac Pro is truly a totally new animal altogether.
Just listen to these crazy specifications:
- Same astounding 27 inches, 5K retina display with a better 500 nits of brightness and one BILLION colors (Entire DCI-P3 Color Gamut ).
- Up to 18 Core Xeon Processors
- Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz.
- Processors up to 22 Teraflops (11 Teraflops of single-precision graphics computation)
- Radeon Pro Vega workstation grade GPU.
- Memory up to 128 Gigs
- Storage as much as 4 Terabytes SSD.
- A brand NEW thermal architecture system with two fans which claim to generate 80% more cooling than other conventional iMacs.
- Space grey all-in-one encasing.
- 4 USB-3 ports
- Head phone jack
- SD card slot
- 4 Thunderbolt-3 USB-C
- 10 Gig Ethernet port.
If that doesn’t blow your mind away, I don’t know what will. Apple is calling the new iMac Pro ‘the most powerful Mac ever’. This is NOT a consumer grade computer made to do day-to-day menial tasks and web browsing, this is a workstation grade machine that can literally handle ANYTHING you throw at it. In fact, it is more powerful than the current Mac Pro. As the world is getting more hooked onto 4K videos and 8K displays, Apple is trying hard to be ahead in the game. Faster transfer speeds, larger storage options and better connectivity are not going to be optional in the near future.
However, there is one problem. Apple is NOT going to ship the new iMac Pro before December 2017. That is really a long time. Also, the new Mac Pro is rumored to be launched sometime early next year. As good as the new iMac Pro sounds, it is an all-in-one which means there is no way to upgrade it. It comes together, ready to fire right out of the box but the downside to it is, should you ever need to add anything to the hardware you have to upgrade the entire system not just the one component.
The upcoming Mac Pro will probably be a much better choice in this respect. It is modular; so you can configure it any way you like. It is way more expandable, upgradable and all of that is easy to do. By the time the new iMac Pro comes out, the new Mac Pro would be right around the corner. Anyone who needs this magnitude of processing power and is willing to spend the big bucks would be better off with something that they can customize and upgrade should they ever need to.
Let’s not forget the iMac Pro is $5000 machine; and that is just the starting base price. Who knows what the machine with all the bells and whistles would cost. Throwing out an ENTIRE system just because you want to upgrade the RAM or GPU seems a little wasteful, even more so when the said system costs more than a fortune.
For more information, visit the Apple website here.
Also published on Medium.