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Apple iMac Pro Review: The Ultimate Mac Desktop for Professionals

One of Apple’s most prestigious technology ever released, is the iMac Pro. This iMac Pro has been proven to be faster, more powerful, and ultimately more impressive than the previous predecessors of this device, it is truly the perfect iMac for professionals.

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For how many years after Apple’s release of the Mac Pro, it already has been reigning over the digital era, until it abruptly declined its sales for they have stopped developing it, which led to many high-end users thinking that Apple would leave the professional PC market forever. This year, Apple surprised the public with the presentation of the iMac Pro, and it instantly caught the attention of many for they have made a pro-focused revision of a durable iMac desktop.

Surprising the crowd with the iMac’s remarkable specs, such as an 18-core capacity, with the latest and most powerful AMD graphics cards, a 128 GB of DDR4 ECC RAM and 4 terabytes of the fastest NVME storage on the market, Apple has shown that they’re planning to bring the professionals what they wanted.


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The iMac Pro was announced at WWDC in June 2017. Apple calls it “the most powerful Mac that ever existed” and features a gray casing and accessories to illustrate its power. The iMac Pro went on sale on December 14, 2017, starting at $4,999 for the base model and reaching more than $13,000 for the higher-end models.

This machine is a total beast, powerfully driven by Intel Xeon multi-core processor with options, including the 8-core base model, along with 10, 14 and 18-core upgrade options. In addition, the iMac Pro can be configured with 32, 64 or 128 GB of DDR4 ECC RAM at 2666 MHz, up to 4TB of flash memory and includes the Radeon Vega 56 or Vega 64 GPU from AMD.

This iMac literally provides you with a 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W processor, 32 GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and more. These are the complete specifications of the machine:

  • 27 ” Retina 5k Screen Display
  • 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W Processor
  • macOS Alta Sierra
  • 32 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB solid state unit
  • AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 8GB HBM2
  • SDXC Card Slot
  • 10 Gb Ethernet
  • 802.11ac Wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Not only this but, after this beast of a machine was tested, many have gathered along their best reviews for this iMac, basically stating that there are some key features to this iMac that gives what every professional wants.

Design

It is a captivating and classic design. There are some ultra-thin edges around the monitor, which give the illusion of a flat-screen device, but most of the inner features are concealed inside a bulging compartment at the back.

The soothing and minimalist appearance of the support is simply outstanding, consisting of a single piece of folded aluminum with a slightly variable thickness and with a cleverly simple cut to keep your cord Power clean and hidden. And although it can never be described as light (it is 9.7 kg) or confused with a portable device, the balance, and shape of iMac Pro are such that it is surprisingly easy to lift and load in another room.

Well, if you’ll ask about the color, The Space Gray finish looks fantastic, and since you’ll be looking at this object for several hours a day it’s somehow a satisfying additional factor to its coolness. It looks modern, classy, and still, it looks unmistakably Apple. It will look magnificent in a studio.

Thermal Design

Apple admitted that the thermal design of the machine was not satisfactory, so it was almost impossible to update it. The company expected that the industry would move in the direction of more GPUs, while the trend was towards larger GPUs, which generate more heat and that the design of the Mac Pro trash cannot handle thermally.

The iMac Pro should not have these problems. Apple claims it offers 75% more airflow than the 27-inch iMac (thanks to “double fan”) and 80% more thermal capacity of the system.

Ports Access

The iMac Pro has a solid desk of ports on the back: four of each USB 3 and Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C. In this sense, it is perfectly between the 27-inch iMac (which has four and two) and the basket for Mac Pro (four and six, although the latter is only Thunderbolt 2).

There are four microphones in the Pro frame: one on the top edge, just above the FaceTime camera (like in iMac 2015), one on each side of the camera and one on the back. The iMac Pro has only one, on the lower edge.

Screen Display

The screen is powered by a 27″ Retina 5k display that is superbly a fantastic screen display. This means a huge remarkable resolution of 5120 x 2880, support statement for one billion colors and 500 nits of brightness. Subjectively it is nice to see: clear, alive and bright colors for your screen.

Pricing

The iMac Pro starts at £ 4,899 / $ 4,999 for the basic configuration, but if you select all possible updates (including the included copies of Final Cut and Logic Pro), you can theoretically spend up to £ 13.006.98 / $ 13.926.98. You can specify the total pricelist of upgrades for iMac Pro on the Apple website.

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Overall

The overall design’s very clean & slick, the Space Grey colorway perfectly fits the entire machine, grabbing that professional look. Its specifications from its processor to its internal features are indeed quite powerful, especially for professional work. It’s created for the niche of users in the fields of creativity, design, visual effects and illustration who needs the ability to process large graphics tasks including render and 3D editing.

Although it’s not made for everyone, the high price for this product remains for those who are seeking a progressive and innovative device for their work.

 

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