Introducing the New iMac Pro: Apple’s Priciest Computer Yet

By Paul Joseph

Anyone looking for a present for their techie friends or loved ones may have Apple to thank for the timely release of their most expensive ever computer.

Also billed as the company’s “most powerful Mac ever”, the iMac Pro is aimed at Apple-using creative professionals who until now have had to make do with the ageing and comparatively cheap Mac Pro.

First unveiled in June at Apple’s developer conference, this latest version is essentially the 27in 5K iMac with the processor, graphics chips, memory and storage turned up to 11. For the privilege, you’ll need to pay anything up to £12,279.

John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering said: “The iMac Pro combines the incredible design of the iMac with the most powerful workstation architecture we’ve ever built.

“The iMac is the most popular desktop for our pro users due to its amazing display and elegant design, so we completely re-engineered it to deliver performance far beyond what anyone thought possible in an all-in-one.”

The base model is available at £4,899 and comes with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. But options include up to 18-core processors, where most machines are either dual or quad-core, AMD’s workstation-class graphics cards such as the Radeon Pro Vega 64, up to 128GB of RAM and up to 4TB of SSD storage.

According to Apple, it’s people working with “real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing” who need that kind of processing power.

As for its appearance, the iMac Pro boasts all the stylish design hallmarks that Apple have become known for, including  a new space grey finish shipping with matching keyboard and mouse.

By Paul Joseph