A new fully loaded iMac Pro costs as much as a auto

Pablo Tucker
December 15, 2017

The 27-inch matte gray computer comes with either an8-core, 10-core or 18-core Xeon processor, and it has up to 22 teraflops of graphics power.

Apple's vice president of hardware engineering John Ternus said the creation of the iMac Pro wasn't about appealing to the mass market, it was about producing a tool that cutting-edge professionals could use. In addition, you get four Thunderbolt 3 ports for powering two 5K displays or four 4K displays at once, a 10-gigabit Ethernet port, four USB-A 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

- 3-D designers can visualise huge 3-D models and render scenes up to 3.4 times faster.

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- Scientists and researchers can manipulate massive data sets and complex simulations, visualising data up to 5 times faster.

Given the hardware that makes an iMac valuable - things like the all-in-one body and the lovely P3-colour screen - we can certainly see why Apple turned to its beloved desktop machine to make its new generation of the Mac Pro, and it has gone above and beyond to make it more than just another iMac. Photographers, who have been a major market for iMac adoption, will be able to perform image processing up to 4.1 times faster. By designing and integrating several new controllers - such as the System Management Controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller - T2 delivers new capabilities to the Mac like enhanced imaging processing for the FaceTime HD camera.

- Music producers can bounce (export) massive multi-track projects up to 4.6 times faster and use up to 12.4 times as many real-time plug-ins. However, this is the first time it has appeared on a desktop.

The chipset includes a secure enclave co-processor that provides the foundation for new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities. Prices start at $4,999.

There's also something very special on the security front, with an Apple-made chip that essentially locks down the data to only load trusted software (which you can likely read as MacOS as Apple makes it) so as to reduce nay chance that someone will install anything dodgy to steal your files.

Today, with more than 2 million seats, Final Cut Pro X is the most popular version of the software ever and is used by professional video editors to create incredible works of art, from award-winning Hollywood feature films and commercials, to worldwide broadcasts and the world's most popular YouTube videos.

Moving to the back of the iMac Pro, it does not have an obvious way to wall mount it or put it on a stand for a multi-monitor setup.

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