iMAC PRO

Australian T3 - - APPLE BITES BACK -

Ear­lier this year, Ap­ple an­nounced that the cur­rent Mac Pro was dead. Well, it didn’t phrase it that way, but it ad­mit­ted the di­rec­tion of the su­per-small work­sta­tion hadn’t worked out, and that it was lis­ten­ing to what peo­ple wanted from a true pro-level rig in­stead (an ex­pand­able com­puter with huge pro­ces­sor power and big graph­ics power). But it also said that any new Mac Pro is years off. So in De­cem­ber 2017, we’re get­ting an­other new pro desk­top to tide us over. And it’s a beast. 5K HITS $5K+ The iMac Pro is the same shape as a 27-inch 5K iMac (in­clud­ing the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of su­per-clear and sharp 5K screen, which is brighter than be­fore), but in­cludes be­tween eight and 18 cores of cut­ting-edge In­tel pro­ces­sor power, AMD Vega graph­ics tech so ad­vanced it hasn’t ac­tu­ally fully been un­veiled yet, and up to 128GB of top-tier er­ror-cor­rect­ing RAM.

There are four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports on the back for con­nect­ing su­per-high-speed pe­riph­er­als (in­clud­ing up to two more 5K dis­plays for a ridicu­lous 44-mil­lion­pixel desk­top, if you want – and who doesn’t?), and even a 10-gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port, for the first time on a Mac. Oh, and it comes in black. Se­ri­ously, this thing can be con­fig­ured to be al­most comed­i­cally pow­er­ful, though you’ll ab­so­lutely pay for that power: it starts at US$4,999 (ex­pect AU$ price to be closer to $8K), but that’s with the eight-core pro­ces­sor. 18-core In­tel Xeon work­sta­tion pro­ces­sors cost around $4,600 alone, so if you also go for the op­tional 4TB of crazy-fast (3GB/s) flash stor­age, and top out the RAM and the graph­ics card op­tions… well, some es­ti­mates put the pos­si­ble max­i­mum cost at $17k. AP­PLE BITES BACK

It’s re­ally not made for most of us, but if you’re the kind of per­son who ren­ders VR worlds or needs to crack ASIO, all in a pack­age that fits on the av­er­age Ikea desk, this is one hell of an ex­cit­ing ma­chine. Who are we kid­ding; this is one hell of an ex­cit­ing ma­chine any­way.

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