Apple announces iMac Pro - about freakin time!

Creative professional and video editors have been BEGGING Apple to listen to our pleas and finally give us the computers we want, running the OS we love. Yesterday Apple FINALLY announced a new iMac Pro loaded with performance. Up to 18 core Xeon processors, up to 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon GPU with up to 16GB or RAM. Pretty impressive. Lets add in FOUR Thunderbolt 3 ports and this machine is going to SCREAM running FCPX. It's not as fast or powerful as the all-in-one solution I joked about on April 1st, but it's a HUGE step in the right direction. If only they would use NVIDIA based GPUs so that applications like Resolve and Premiere could really accelerate. Beggars can't be choosers so we'll take what Apple gives us. For $4,995 a screaming iMac Pro isn't cheap, but it's what we want! Here's a bunch of articles from around the web about the new iMac Pros: Studio Daily: Apple’s New iMac Pro Is Coming in December 5K Display and Powerful AMD Graphics Set These Powerful Desktop Systems Apart It’s not the promised Mac Pro re-reboot, but Apple hopes it’s the next best thing — the company today said the new iMac Pro workstation, billed as the most powerful Mac released to date, will ship in December, starting at $4,999. Yes, it’s a powerful system — the baseline systems ship with a 27-inch 500-nit 5K display and eight-core Intel Xeon processors, and 18-core systems can be configured. All-Flash storage is configurable at up to 4 TB, 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC RAM scales to 128 GB, and two Thunderbolt 3 controllers are built in for accessing external storage and other devices. Included on a Mac for the first time is 10Gb Ethernet connectivity. Graphics are driven by the new AMD Radeon Vega GPU with up to 16 GB of on-package HBM2 memory and performance of up to 11 teraflops (single precision). Apple said the system is designed for “advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.” read more Red Shark: Apple's new 18-core iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever built While the consumer press zeroed in their attention on the HomePod, the big news from Apple as far as our area of the industry goes was the surprise unveiling of a new $4999 iMac Pro. All this and more from WWDC 2017 in our comprehensive roundup by K Stewart. While an all-new Mac Pro is scheduled for 2018, Apple surprised everyone with a tricked out iMac Pro designed to push the iMac form factor to the absolute maximum. read more No Film School: The New iMac Pro: What You Need to Know In a rare move for Apple, at WWDC today, it announced a product six months ahead of shipping: the filmmaking-happy iMac Pro. The iMac Pro features so many improvements, it's hard to settle on a marquee feature, although Apple itself is pushing one: the Pro can be configured with up to 18 cores (though the 8-core base model will likely be plenty for most filmmakers who need GPU power more than CPU power). GPU power can be configured all the way up to an 11-teraflop Radeon Vega Pro, available with up to 16GB of video memory. You can configure it up to 128GB of RAM and a 4TB SSD. read more Gizmodo: iMac Pro Is Apple's New Super-Powered Workhorse In addition to updated iMacs, MacBooks, and MacBook Pros, today at Apple’s WWDC conference, the company unveiled its new high-end workstation called the iMac Pro, featuring the same all-in-one design, but packed with enough power to make this the most powerful Mac computer to date. Well, according to Apple anyway. The most notable feature of the new iMac Pro is an 8-core Xeon processor which will be available in the $5,000 base version of the workstation, but that can be updated to a 10-, or 18-core Xeon processor, providing up to 22 teraflops of power, which will be important now that Apple is making a stronger push into virtual reality and other graphics-heavy applications. read more Tech Crunch: Apple debuts iMac Pro with beefy specs, real ports, $5K starting price Hardcore Mac fans may have had their fingers crossed for the return of the Mac Pro, but an extra “i” slipped in there somehow, and Apple instead has produced an iMac Pro. It’s a wallet-busting all-in-one workstation, and it looks handsome and sinister in a dark grey finish. The iMac Pro has more or less the same look and feel as the 27-inch, 5K iMac we first saw in 2015 (though now it’s more like the $5K iMac, am I right?). But the engineers at Apple have once again reinvented the thermal qualities of the case — hopefully a little more carefully this time — in order to accommodate some hot new specs. Read more

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