Update: Available starting today at Apple. Pricing starts at $4999, and with the best of the best options, it will set you back a cool $13,000-plus.
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
For many of the Mac faithful, it’s going to be a Happy Holiday after all! No, Apple isn’t shipping the ‘Modular’ Mac Pro (not yet), but the recently announced iMac Pro with a 5K Retina Display will be available beginning this Thursday December 14th.
“iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time.” – John Ternus, Apple’s VP of Hardware Engineering, via Press Release
When you take a look at the specs of the iMac Pro, you’re probably going to even forget that Apple has promised the Modular Mac Pro for “some time” next year. Sure, Apple says that they haven’t forgotten the professional market, but the largely vaporware-like vibe of the Mac Pro made people wonder.
Then the iMac Pro was announced, and it’s every bit a pro platform as the new Mac Pro promises to be. Perhaps even more. Available with an Intel Xeon processor in 8-core, 10-core and 18-core versions, the iMac Pro can be “turbo boosted” to 4.5 GHz.
On board RAM starts at 32GB DDR4 EEC memory, but is configurable with up to 128GB running at 2666 MHz. SSD storage can be up to 4TB, and graphics are pushed to the iMac Pro’s 27-inch 5K retina screen courtesy of the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphic processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory, boosted to the Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of RAM. Pretty nice if you’re doing the heavy lifting of digital effects or even virtual reality. The result is a 500 nit screen that is 43% brighter than the previous 5K display.
Other specs include:
- Up to 18 Core processor with Turbo Boost to speeds up to 4.5 GHz
- 1080p Facetime HD Camera
- Support for 2 5K Retina displays with 1 billion colors at 60Hz, four displays at 4K
- 10Gb Ethernet
- 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
- 4 USB-3A ports
- SDXCcard slot with support for UHS-II
- Native display port output over USB-C
- VGA, HDMI, DVI
- 4 Stereo speakers
- four on board microphones
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 802.11 ac WiFi networking with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatibility
- Bluetooth 4.2
All that performance is bound to generate a lot of heat, and Apple has taken the lessons learned from the previous Mac Pro’s central core thermal management to design an impressive array of dual blowers and the largest heatsink that Apple has created to push 75% more airflow across the iMac Pro’s electronics for a massive 80% increase in cool thermal management.
This thing is also designed hum and still be power friendly, with 67% more power coming from a modest 500 watt power supply.
And while most computer makers either toss in speakers as an afterthought, or omit them altogether, Apple has placed four stereo speakers inside that concave iMac Pro backing to deliver brand frequency response and rich base so you don’t really need to wear headphones or boost it with an external sound package. That’s a nice touch.
I have to ask, if you can get the iMac Pro right now at presumably half the price of the Modular Mac Pro (based on the current model’s pricing when nicely spec’d out), why would wait for something that is still possibly a year away? This thing is gorgeous. But the iMac Pro isn’t upgradeable, and the future Mac Pro is, so that’s something to consider.
Available starting Thursday, December 14th, the new iMac Pro starts at $4999. For more information, visit Apple’s site.