Ars Technica reviews Apple’s iMac Pro: It’s MUCH faster

“Some high-end professional Mac users are frustrated, and they have been for years,” Samuel Axon writes for Ars Technica. “But things are definitely looking up… In April of last year, Apple invited press to discuss its plans for pro desktops, but it didn’t have specific products to announce at that time. This was a surprise, as Apple usually does not discuss its plans for products unless they are close to being ready for release. Some pro users’ discontent had reached a point at which assurances were needed. Two such assurances were made: Apple would overhaul the Mac Pro sometime after 2017, taking into account the mistakes it made in 2013, and it would double down on the iMac as a professional machine.”

“Apple soon announced the iMac Pro,” Axon writes. “After spending some time with the new release, I can confirm the iMac Pro is an impressive machine. It’s another step in the right direction for some of those same professionals, even though it doesn’t address every need the Mac Pro used to.”

Apple's all new iMac Pro starts at $4999
Apple’s all new iMac Pro starts at $4999


Apple's all new iMac Pro with rear case removed
Apple’s all new iMac Pro with rear case removed

“Without the T2 chip, the iMac Pro looks a lot like the iMac, but with more powerful, workstation-class internals,” Axon writes. “This chip is the most innovative thing about the machine.”

“Were it not for the T2 chip, which establishes a blueprint for a more integrated, more secure, and potentially more closed-off future for the Mac, this would look like just a faster iMac. And it is. But it’s much faster, and the use of workstation components matters for a lot of potential customers,” Axon writes. “The iMac Pro will delight the faithful and win back the hearts and minds of some disgruntled pro users even as it won’t work for all of them; it’s only half of the solution. For the rest, we’ll have to wait for that promised Mac Pro revamp. That had better be good.”

Tons more, as usual, in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: For video editors, architects, SFX artists, 3D animators, musicians, game designers, scientists, etc. (you likely know if iMac Pro is for you), this is the professional Mac of their dreams and a great value to boot!

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  1. Aren’t these all silly arguments? The iMac Pro fits the bill for a certain segment of pro users. The fact that many of us are no longer plugging in as many devices now as we did in the past means is also true of some pro users.

    The other Pro segment mostly needs the ability to field replace the storage mechanism, upgrade RAM and the ability to use different graphic cards without exacting a performance penalty. The ability to use NVIDIA cards in a Pro Mac would be a boon for many users.

    1. My brother just paid ~$1K for an open-box new iMac to replace his old one. He asked me to look at it because the new one was running much slower than the old one.

      Investigating, two things came to light:

      1) His motivation to replace his hardware was because his old iMac doesn’t run High Sierra … and he thought that this was important (for his needs, it isn’t)

      2) And the reason the new one is slower is because it has that lame old 5400rpm HDD in it … whereas we had upgraded his old machine last year to have an SSD.

      To make his brand new iMac an equal performer to his old (2009) one will require pulling that 5400 drive and replacing it with an SSD. I’ve confirmed that his is one of the glue/taped shut iMac, rather than the simple magnet-held-in … and I know that invariably, I’ll be the one doing that damn job, as a birthday gift to him.

      5400 drive = Apple Customer Experience FAIL. Shame.


      Oh, and on the primary topic of this news report, some 3rd party tests have found that Apple has thermally throttled the CPU in the iMac Pro This marks the second time (in a row!) that Apple has put form factor above performance in what is a supposedly ‘Pro’ grade machine. Shame #2

  2. As a longtime MDN reader (and participant), I’ve just gotta say that this little corner of cyberspace is really changing. Almost gone is the spirit of lighthearted fun that infused even the most spirited debates. Now, reading the comments is like standing in a urine-soaked phone booth, what with all the pissing contests. Are all these new divisions been strategically sown by bots, or are people just volunteering to be nasty in their spare time?

    1. Many factors are involved: more mental illness (and unpredictable med use), increased interest in Apple, the global megacorp, from the masses (no longer a niche company for aficionados), disappearance of morality and decency as people are desensitized through degenerate mass media consumption.

    1. Why can’t hardcore whiners – like Fred the Dickhead – go elsewhere and get the machines they need.

      Incessant negativity is clearly some kind of mental disorder.

  3. I don’t know if this thing is a “bargain”.
    I’d be willing to fork out $5-6K for the base model with a few options, but this is a $12K machine when completely maxed out!
    Hardly a bargain for ANY computer these days, AND in the 21st century!
    Are the components in this iMac Pro really THAT expensive OR is Apple just selling this iMac Pro based on its brand, alone?
    Am I the only that feels that “Pro” level computers doesn’ always have to mean THE MOST EXPENSIVE?
    I could purchase a decent used car for $12K! A entire car, folks! A maxed out iMac Pro at $12K, kinda of over the top, folks!
    I own the standard iMac, 27 inch screen model, and I do professional (paid) work on a slightly lesser spec’d iMac than the base model iMac Pro (specs are pretty close).
    Everyone’s definition of a “Pro” Mac seems to be WIDELY different. Including Apple’s definition of a Pro Mac computer.

  4. Dear Andy:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your opinions. If you weren’t so biased and prejudiced I would think you are serious. Well, nice taking with you. I hope to read more of your lectures.

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