Being released alongside new updates for Final Cut Pro, Apple’s newest workstation, the iMac Pro, looks to be a powerful desktop that is designed just for professionals who edit video and graphics and create VR content. But it's pretty expensive, with its base price starting at $4,999 and that number only increases as you configure its other options, making its maximum price reach over $13,000.
With that in mind, the new desktop is set to be Apple’s fastest and most powerful Mac according to Apple, but that’s sure to change later when they release the modular Mac Pro. Nevertheless, Apple believes that the iMac Pro is a real milestone for them. "iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it," said John Ternus, Apple's VP of Hardware Engineering.
The workstation features a 27-inch Retina 5K display and a Intel Xeon W-class processor that can have either 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores. It also comes with four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports; this gives the iMac Pro the ability to drive either two 5K displays or four 4K displays at 60Hz simultaneously.
Additionally. it offers 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor that’s packing 16GB of HBM2 memory. Also included are four USB-A ports, 10Gb Ethernet, an SDXC card slot that supports UHS-II speeds and a headphone jack.
Just this week, Marques Brownlee shared a hands-on video of the iMac Pro and found it to be a quite capable machine. Take a look:
The iMac does look to be quite a powerful machine, but its price tag isn’t very welcoming. Also, it’s supposed to be non-upgradable, which is a bummer because a lot of pros have a tendency to upgrade their machines over time. Apple however believes that they have created a machine that can match a lot of the custom machines out there and that, in the end, the iMac Pro actually costs less than most of them.
To learn more about the iMac Pro, you can find it on apple.com.