iMac Pro: First Impressions

Apple’s new candy bar, the 27-inch iMac Pro, will go on sale tomorrow, December 14th. Recall that the cost

The base model was $ 4.999. Even before the release, two youtumers, Jonathon Morrison and Marquez Brownley, published a video with their impressions of the new computer.

They got their iMac Pro a week ago, sohad the opportunity to test it in everyday use. Both bloggers were particularly impressed by the markedly increased productivity. We are talking about Xeon chipsets, as well as 128 GB of ECC DDR4 2666MHz RAM and up to 4 TB of SSD storage.

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In terms of design, this iMac is practically notdiffers from previous models - with the exception, perhaps, of the color "space gray." The second nice change is that a wireless keyboard and mouse are included. So far, this is the only way to get accessories in gray colors. We hope that in the future they will be available separately. However, a nice ergonomic design hides the real beast inside.

Brownley Gets 10-Core iMac Pro3.0 GHz Intel Xeon W system, 128 GB RAM, 2 TB ultra-fast SSD memory with 3 GB / s bandwidth and new powerful AMD Vega Pro 64 graphics with 16 GB of allocated RAM.

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8- and 10-core models go on sale already inthis thursday. Also this morning, Apple announced that shipments of more advanced versions with 14- and 18-core Xeon chipsets will only begin next year.

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The only flaw Brownley found inthe new iMac - its high price and form factor. Due to the fact that this is a monoblock, users will not be able to improve the hardware without losing warranty service. For the sake of interest, he tried to build a PC with similar characteristics - it turned out that such an assembly would take about $ 5,100.

Of course, some of the parts of the new iMac ProFor the first time it is presented in this model, so it is impossible to assemble the exact same computer from scratch. “Given the installed hardware and the performance you get, the cost of this model is quite justified,” he said.

As for the hardware upgrade, then inThe new candy bar lacks even a cover at the bottom for quick access to RAM. In other words, the iMac is completely enclosed and cannot be upgraded manually without special tools.

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A computer in which you cannot increase the volumeSSD or RAM, replace the processor, graphics or other components, it is difficult to call a truly professional. So the iMac Pro is more suitable for those who need a powerful computer right now, who do not want to change something in it, or simply do not want to wait until Apple releases the modular Mac Pro, which is rumored to be released next year.

“In short, at the moment he is mereally like it, ”concluded Brownley. He also noted that the iMac Pro seems to be “the ideal top-end computer for editing in FunalCut Pro for YouTube.” Of course, for the final verdict, you need to spend more time with the monoblock and see how it behaves under heavy loads.

Other features of iMac Pro includean improved 1080p front camera, a new black USB-Lightning cable (will it be available soon in the official Apple store?), additional microphones for better Siri performance, slightly improved speakers, increased ventilation slots at the back of the device, as well as four Thunderbolt 3 ports. four USB-A 3.0 and 10 Gb Ethernet connector.

It is interesting to note Apple’s new PR strategy. The days went by when the company sent the equipment to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times for a preliminary review. Now, early access to new devices is gained by popular YouTube users who publish their opinions before major media do it. For the first time, Apple implemented such a strategy before the release of the iPhone X.

What do you think of the new iMac Pro? Would you like to have one?