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
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.
Story updated in December 2017, originally published on 6th, June 2017