Updated – Back in June 2017, Apple showcased the new iMac Pro that is the successor to the Apple’s most powerful computer, Mac PRO. As per the latest news, Apple is bringing the iMac Pro to India at an eye-watering price.
The new iMac Pro is an All in One Mac, like other iMacs and comes with insanely powerful hardware. The older Mac Pro was a standalone CPU which needed to be paired with an external monitor. Apple is no longer making the Mac Pro that used to comes as a standalone CPU without a monitor. But its shoes are now filled by the more powerful iMac Pro that has a built-in 5K monitor.
The iMac Pro comes in a stunning Space Gray color which is not available for the other iMac models. The grey keyboard and mouse are also exclusive to the iMac Pro and you can’t have them with the other iMac’s at the time of purchase. However, you can buy the grey accessories separately to use with an iMac.
Improved Thermal Design
The major flaw, Apple says, in the last generation of the Mac Pro was its inability to upgrade and a restricted airflow design. The new Apple iMac Pro overcome those pitfalls, with a new thermal design, to ensure the powerful components inside the iMac Pro stays cool and quiet.
The iMac Pro has twin centrifugal fans to keep the interiors cool. However, the biggest upgrade is the processing and graphics power that the iMac Pro offers. A sheer joy for YouTubers and content creators to be able to work faster with their 4K or higher resolution videos. The iMac Pro can edit and render content much faster compared to almost 5 years old Apple Mac Pro.
Notably, the old Mac Pro was the only powerful computer available from Apple that creators were using with video editing software like Final Cut PRO-X.
Let’s talk about the key specs and upgrades in the iMac Pro.
18 Core Xeon Processor
The processor choices are impressive, starting from a workstation class 8 Core Xeon Processor to a more powerful 10 or 14 Core processor. If you want more power, you can also opt for the most powerful and expensive 18 cores Xeon processor.
The 18 Core Xeon Processor is one of the fastest processors that you can use in a desktop. However, the only model that is listed for sale in India comes with the basic 8 Core Intel Xeon Processor, 1 TB SSD, Radeon PRO Vega 56 Graphics card and 32 GB Ram.
The price for the iMac Pro, hold your breath, starts at Rs. 4,15,000 in India for the above-mentioned model. So, to buy the higher models with 10 Core and 18 Core processors will literally make you rob a little bank.
At this price, the iMac Pro is suitable for professionals in Bollywood, working on movie editing or other professionals who have half million rupees snugged under the mattress.
AMD Vega Graphics Cards
The iMac Pro comes with mind-blowing graphics performance. The iMac Pro has a new graphics card based on the AMD Radeon Vega architecture with up to 16 GB of VRAM and 400 GB per second of memory bandwidth.
There are two graphics card models Apple is using: Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16 GB HBM2, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM 2. The Indian version of iMac Pro comes with the Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory.
AMD is using the second generation of HBM (HBM2 [High Bandwidth Memory) for the Vega-based graphics cards. The company has released the VEGA architecture based cards and these compete with the likes of Nvidia GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
The Graphics cards were released in July 2017, though the new iMac Pro is shipping in December, so there is plenty of time for Apple Engineers to fine tune the performance of iMac Pro.
Further, the iMac Pro packs a lot of raw power supporting 22 Teraflops of half-precision computation.
Also, the iMac Pro comes with a 27 Inch 5K Display with 5120‑by‑2880 pixels resolution along with 500 Nits of brightness.
RAM and Storage
The mean machine also comes with up to 128 GB of ECC memory DDR4, up to 4TB of SSD, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, supports 44 million pixels. The iMac Pro can also support two 5K external monitors and you can also pair upto four 4K external monitors with the iMac PRO.
The lower version launched in India offers 1 TB SSD and has 32 GB of DDR4 Ram clocked at 2666 MHz.
Sound – There are stereo speakers, 4 microphones and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for the audio experience.
Facetime – It has a 1080p FaceTime camera for HD video, VESA mount, and new faster SD card slot.
Price and Availability – iMAC Pro India
The iMac Pro weighs 9.7 Kg and will come with the tempting space grey Magic Mouse and Apple Keyboard. The iMac Pro starts at an expensive $4,999 (Rs. 3,35,00) in the US and has gone on sale on 14th December 2017.
The Indian price (Rs. 4,15,000) has a big markup due to the GST and the import duty. The price difference in India Vs. the US for the iMac Pro base version is close to Rs. 80,000, a heart-wrenching differential. No doubt, people using iMacs in India are more scarce than honest politicians.
The higher configurations with extra Ram, SSD capacity, and 18 Core processor is available in the US for $13200 or Rs 871,500. If Apple launches the 18 Core Xeon Processor version in India it will cost around 10 lakhs. Ohh… and I heard some folks saying that the iPhone X is so expensive, please re-think.
Apple has also launched the new 27 Inch and 21 Inch iMac models with the new Intel 7th Gen Kaby lake processor and AMD Radeon Pro graphics cards.
Read More about the latest MacOS Update coming in November or December 2018 to all Apple devices in India.
macOS Mojave Top New Features: Dark Mode, Dynamic Backgrounds, Stacks and Better ScreenShots
macOS Mojave Top New Features: You Will Love
What is Mojave? According to the Wikipedia, Mojave is a desert in North America, primarily in California and southern Nevada. Apple is moving from mountains to deserts for the naming of the new macOS.
Apple had yesterday introduced the new Mac OS called Mojave which is the successor to the current OSX High Sierra. The Cupertino giant has confirmed that the new update will be available in the fall this year for everyone to use.
At times, the upgrade Apple brings may look superficial to many people, but we all know how shamelessly a lot of things get copied by other companies later on. Ohh… you disagree with me, how about the Notch. Gotcha You !!!
Here are the top features that you may Love in the new macOS Mojave:
First things first, there is a new Dark mode that helps you focus more on your work and is designed by Apple in a way that it highlights the priority and work areas whereas secondary icons and tabs take the back seat.
There is support for the dark mode for native Apple apps, and also third-party apps can adapt to this new dark mode. In-Built Apps like Finder, Messages, Keynote, Safari, and Calander can take advantage of this new mode right away.
Personally, I think I will still prefer the more natural native mode from Apple but may switch to the dark mode at night.
Dynamic Desktop Backgrounds
This is a subtle new addition to the customization of your desktop background which changes the background tone during different times of the day. Say at night the Sand in the below picture is dark and when it is noon, it is bright yellow. The background depicts the mood based on the time of the day.
Check the above images to see how the image tone changes from dark to light with the passage of time.
Stacks – Manage Your Files on Desktop With One Click
Stacks is a much-needed feature for people who tend to have many files stored on the desktop. This new neat feature in the macOS Mojave helps you organize your files in different stacks based on the type of file, say all PDFs are grouped or all photos or video files are grouped in a stack to make things more organized.
You can also organize your files by date or even if you wish you can use advanced tags such as client name or other information in the meta-data. You can hover on the stack to see the contents and even can click to see all the files in that stack.
I have always liked the way Windows 10 or even the previous version of the Windows handle the files management and grouping, a much-needed feature for the organization of my video projects finally arrive for the Mac. I can’t be happier.
The native screenshot utility is neat and better than Windows 10; you can press the command+shift+4 to take a screenshot of a specific area or command+shift+5 to capture the full screen.
But with the new macOS Mojave, it becomes better. The new capture tool comes with an option of not only taking the screenshot as per your wish but also to record the screen and share or save at your desired location.
I still like the light shot tool for taking screenshots a convenient and useful tool that even allows you to write on the screenshots or resize the screenshots with ease. You need to try this tool if not already using.
So, now you don’t require a third-party tool to record your screen. However, I am not sure if it comes with the ability to record a voice-over along with the screen video recording.
Continuity Camera for iPhone and Mac users
This is a unique feature for those who own a Mac as well as iPhone, and it allows you to capture something on your iPhone or even scan a document on the phone and send it directly to your Mac.
You need to insert the photo from the edit Menu on your Mac and Boom… you can access your latest images to embed directly into your emails, Notes or Pages.
Facetime Group Calls
Similar to the iOS 12, the new macOS Mojave comes with support for Facetime group calls that allows up to 32 people to join the video call no matter if the participants are using Mac, iPhone, iPad or even the Apple Watch.
4 New Apps
Now the Mac users are getting some of the goodies that were earlier available on the iOS alone. There are 4 new Apps that are coming to the macOS Mojave which includes the Apple News (brings all the recent news and updates tailored to your taste), Stocks (helps you track the stock markets with prices and a customized list of your stock investments).
You can record the voice Memos on the Mac for reminders or class lectures or take notes of important thing you want to recall later.
Lastly, there is Home App that allows you to control home-kit enabled accessories from your Mac such as turning lights off or checking the baby monitor.
Redesigned Mac Store & Improved Security
Apple is redesigning the Mac Store to make it more convenient for the users. It comes with new editorial content to provide you more information about the Apps before installing them. Also, there are improvements in the categorization of Apps making it easy for you to discover the most relevant Apps for particular tasks.
Lastly, Apple is also improving the security of the Mac OS with new automatic strong passwords as well as enhanced tracking prevention so you can have an online life without websites and bots spying on you.
Thanks for Reading the article, please share with me in the comments, which is your favorite feature?