New iMac Pro Wicked Fast & Wicked Expensive

Apple has announced that the iMac Pro – a workstation-class version of its popular iMac line, will be available order starting 12/14/2017.

The iMac Pro promises to be wicked expensive, with an 8-core, 32 GB model starting at $4,999. But it also promises to be wicked fast – the most powerful Mac ever made.

It’s an iMac Pro for professional media producers, offering up to 18-core Xeon processors, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, 32-128 GB RAM, a 27″ 5K display and up to 4TB of internal SSD.

Geekbench scores for the mid-level iMac Pro are three times the current Macbook Pro’s Multi-Core performance:

These are scores from the mid-level iMac Pro – so the 18-core version should blow these scores away.

The iMac Pro also breaks with Apple’s recent trend of reducing connectivity options, offering 10GbE Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and four USB 3.0 ports

The first user previews of the iMac Pro are starting to appear. Here’s the first impressions of tech gear reviewer Marques Brownlee:

Tech video blogger Jonathan Morrison also has shared his impressions:

We have not seen any perspectives yet from musicians or audio producers. But video producer Vincent Laforet has tested the 10-core model and calls it ‘a killer machine for any serious photographer, filmmaker, or VR producer’.

He notes: “I’ve seldom seen a jump this dramatic before on any new generation of Macs – 20%-30% speed increases are the norm … NOT 200%-300% increases.”

Pricing and Availability

The iMac Pro will be available to order starting Dec 14, 2017, with prices starting at US $4,999. See the Apple site for details.