Last week, Apple released iMac Pro, a monster of a machine dedicated to professionals. The specs are unbelievable and the price… even more so. What intrigued us though is the promise Apple made in the same day. If we’re lucky we’ll have a modular Mac Pro at the end of 2018 or in early 2019. That model is set to finally break the design mold the company has been relying on in the past years #hardwaremagic
As great iMac Pro is, it remains an all-in-one, totally non-upgradeable system. You can’t improve it no matter how hard you try; the most Apple has let its customers do is remove the stand and replace it with a standard VESA mount. So, in the years to follow, Apple will redeem itself by not only releasing a modular Mac Pro but also by changing its form completely. This unit will be “architected for pro customers” with the goal to deliver the “highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design.” That’s not all; the company is also working on a pro display, too, stated Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing.
The next model could have a tower-inspired design but that’s all speculation at this point. If Apple hurries up, we might see it during the WWDC event in June 2018. Certainly not earlier than that.
Until then, you have to decide whether you’ll wait and see what Apple’s got in store or invest all your economies in the iMac Pro, the most recent machine released. Warning: this computer powerhouse is targeted at developers who are taking virtual reality seriously, work with 8K video or professionals that build machine learning models and are interested in scientific modeling. If you’re not completing heavy-duty computational tasks on a daily basis, you should wait for a less pricey offer.
iMac Pro starts at $4,999 and can end up at $13,199, depending on the configuration chosen. You can opt for 8,10,14, or 18 cores, one of two available Radeon Pro Vega graphic cards and different RAM options, with the biggest at 128GB. You’ll definitely get the new custom silicon T2 which takes care of audio and image processing, as well as other functions. There are four Thunderbolt/USB-C ports and as many USB-A ports, a headphone jack and an SDXC card slot that supports UHS-II speeds.
Design-wise, the new iMac Pro looks identical to the 27-inch iMac with the same Retina 5K screen. As far as colors go, this device is drastically different from Apple’s white suite, launching in Space Gray with black dongles.