Everything you need to know about Apple’s iMac Pro in under 6 minutes — AppleInsider goes through every new detail, feature and rumoured specification related to Apple’s upcoming iMac Pro in a video. Apple has already confirmed a major refresh of the Mac Pro coming in 2018, but little is known about the next-generation desktop, which will likely require users to buy a display separately. If you want one as good as the recent 5K iMacs, it’s going to cost upwards of $1,300 just for the screen alone.
Now comes Apple’s brand new iMac Pro, due to release in December.
[It’s pretty quiet in Apple news today as it has been Thanksgiving weekend in the US.]
For months now, commentators have been lambasting Applefor not updating Macs and for ignoring the pro users. I have regularly been a minor part of that pool of despond in this column.
No more! We’re (mostly) happy. Apple’s June 5th WWDC hardware announcements delivered a gulp of elixir – the Apple Koolaid was back and we were slugging it down. For a heady day or two, anyway. I immediately, gleefully ordered a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The Kaby Lake CPU was the tipping point I was waiting for. It wasn’t even that Kaby Lake gives a significant increase of power – it doesn’t. It’s just that I didn’t want to drop cNZ$5k onto a new Mac without Kaby Lake when I knew it was available, and already populating many PC models. I can hardly wait for my new Mac to arrive, since my current model is 5 years old – that’s a very long life for a Mac for me (and truth be told, it’s still a wonderful laptop).
But the really big news, for the pros, was the iMac Pro.Although this will cost over NZ$8000, by current exchange rates, it’s not for the typical iMac users – they have been catered to with new iMacs anyway, with even better screens and Kaby Lake and at much more affordable prices. Even these will very handily handle major Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere tasks without breaking a sweat.
But the iMac Pro is aimed at the very serious user, as the bedrock to, for example, an audio, audio visual or video/TV/film editing studio, and although that’s a lot of money, hey, it already has a fantastic screen and has real grunt. Even more interesting, perhaps, is that unlike the current Mac Pro (tower), it’s almost impossible to put together a similar PC and monitor setup for less than what the iMac Pro will cost – in fact, Apple’s new machine, due in December, is actually a bargain. And despite it, Apple has also announced it is working on a new, user-upgradeable Mac Pro tower.
Good timing, too, since for the first time in a long time, it looks like the PC market will start growing again.
So yes, Apple, were happy – and, sincerely, thank you!
But … no word on the Mac mini. If Apple’s keeping it in the Mac lineup, surely it deserves Kaby Lake? No mention of AirPort, which I think Apple is mad to drop if the company wants us to have seamless wifi connectivity with our Apple devices to the new HomePod it also announced, and if Apple is thinking of palming this off to a third part5y router supplier, then I visit the ghost of the LG 4k monitor debacle on you, Apple! (If you want something done properly …) No Magic Keyboard with Touch Bar– this looks like a brilliant idea, and you’d expect it if the Touch Bar is appreciated on MacBook Pro, but I suspect the connectivity and functionality over Bluetooth might be the stumbling block. I still want one, though! If you have one on your MacBook Pro and then go to use, say, Final Cut on a Mac, surely you want that feature? And no iBooks Author update. Apple has let its brilliant and dreadfully under-appreciated eBooks platform languish far too long.
Still — a new iPhone has still to emerge (September, people reckon).Apple will doubtless have more news for us as the year progresses. For Mac users, the happy times are here again.
iMac Pro, the Most Powerful Mac ever, arrives this December —
Featuring Up to 18-Core Processors, 22 Teraflops of GPU Performance, Fast Storage & Advanced I/O, Apple today gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The all-new iMac Pro, with its gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac ever made. Featuring a stunning new space grey enclosure, iMac Pro packs incredible performance for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at US$4999 [cNZ$6997, currently, but with GST and shipping etc I expect it to be more like NZ$8200]
In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.
“We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,” said John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering. “We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love — iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it.”
Workstation-Class Performance in an iMac Design — Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is designed to handle the most demanding pro workflows. With an all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design, iMac Pro delivers up to 80 per cent more cooling capacity in the same thin and seamless iMac® design. And with a new space grey enclosure and gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display with support for 1 billion colours, iMac Pro is as stunning as it is powerful.
The Most Advanced Graphics ever in a Mac — iMac Pro comes with the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac. Featuring a new, next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an amazing 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.
Fast Storage & Advanced I/O — iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.
Pricing & Availability — iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in the US in December starting at US$4999. More details can be found at apple.com/au/imac-pro [which wasn’t online yet at 7.17am NZ time].
Apple doling out jean jackets plus Metal, iMessage, six-colour logo pins to WWDC attendees – As part of the badge issuance at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has been giving out custom black denim jean jackets, and an assortment of collectible pins. Developers attending the event started lining up early this morning so they wouldn’t miss out and the line to get in quickly grew to take over the block in front of the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.
Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra — Coming this northern autumn as a free upgrade, Apple’s new macOS 10.13 High Sierra platform will include support for external graphics cards over Thunderbolt 3, giving systems enough power to support high-end gaming and popular virtual reality platforms. Apple Insider has a list of all the specifics.
Apple launches speedy new iMacs capable of VR content creation with USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports —Focused on professional users, Apple has just unveiled a revamped iMac lineup with faster and more capable hardware, which will allow for the creation of graphics-intensive virtual reality content with macOS High Sierra. The new 21.5-inch 4K iMac starts at US$1299 featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. A non-4K model is priced at US$1099. All new iMacs are shipping today. The iMac is also getting Thunderbolt 3, and Fusion Drive standard on all 27-inch models and on high end 21.5-inch models.
Apple previews iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever built, coming in December — In a rare pre-announcement intended to appease professional users, Apple offered a sneak preview of the new iMac Pro coming in December, boasting up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 128GB of ECC memory. It will cost US$4999. [I will have more on this in a separate post.]
Apple also today updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro — They now have the long-awaited faster Kaby Lake processors, added faster SSDs to the 12-inch MacBook and introduced a new US$1299 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The MacBook now features Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz and up to 50% faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro adds a new $1,299 configuration.
Apple also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8GHz processor.
The updated iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are available to order today on Apple.com, and available to buy in Apple Stores starting from Wednesday, June 7th. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/mac.
Incredible private Apple museum opens near Warsaw, Poland — A private Apple museum opened in the small town of Łoś near Warsaw, Poland last Saturday. The exhibition consists mostly of computers and accessories collected by Jacek Łupina. His collector’s passion started with buying an old PowerMac G4. Soon, Łupina started buying other ancient Apple computers and devices, like a Macintosh 128K and its later variants, a Lisa 2/5 with 5 MB hard disk, and a special Woz edition Apple IIGS.