Apple iMac Pro – Insane power at sky-high price

The iMac Pro is among the most expensive PCs one can buy right now. Does it have the firepower to backup an exorbitant price tag? Does that make it worth purchasing?

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Apple’s latest creation (when it comes to computers) is here in India. The iMac Pro (or the iMac driven bonkers) is on sale in India for a jaw-dropping price tag of Rs 4,15 lakh. Yes, you read that right! This price tag makes the iMac Pro one of, if not the most, expensive PCs on sale in India. But is the iMac Pro worth all that cash? A look at what’s inside the iMac Pro will tell the real tale.

Specifications Apple iMac Pro
Price Rs 4.15 lakh
Processor 3.2GHz octa-core Intel Xeon W with 8GB AMD Radeon Vega 56 GPU
RAM 32GB
Display 27-inch Retina Display with 5K resolution
Internal Storage 1TB SSD
Operating System MacOS High Sierra
Front Camera 1080p FaceTime HD
Dimensions (l x b x h) 51.6cm x 65cm x 20.3cm
Weight 9.7kg
Wifi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet Yes
SD Card Slot Yes
USB Ports 4, USB 3.0
Thunderbolt ports 4, USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Mics Four
Bundled Items Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, Magic Mouse 2, and Lighting-USB cable
Colour Space Grey (for bundled items too)

What’s new in the Apple iMac Pro?

The Apple iMac Pro boasts a new 27-inch 5K (5120x2880p) Retina display with 500 nits’ brightness. It has a Intel Xeon W processor that is clocked at 3.2GHz and can be overclocked up to 4.2GHz. It is an octa-core (8-core) chipset and is paired with an 8GB AMD Radeon Vega 56 GPU. The all-in-one PC from Apple has 32GB DDR4 RAM and sports a 1TB solid state hard drive for storage needs.

iMac-Pro-2

Up front, there is a Full HD FaceTime camera. The PC supports two 60Hz 5K (5120x2880p) external displays, four 60Hz 4K UHD (3840x2160p) displays or four60Hz 4K (4096x2304p) displays. The iMac Pro supports extended desktop and video mirroring modes. There is one Thunderbolt 3 digital video output, a native DisplayPort output over USB Type-C, and support for Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA output via adapters.

The iMac Pro has stereo speakers, four microphones and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is an SDXC card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and one Ethernet port. The iMac Pro has Wi-fi 802.11ac with compatibility for 802.11 a/b/g/n types, and Bluetooth 4.2. The whole package weighs 9.7kg and ships with a Magic keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, Lightning to USB cable, and a power cable in the box. The only colour option available for the iMac Pro is Space Grey and both the mouse and the keyboard come in the same colour.

iMac-Pro-4

Is the Apple iMac pro worth consideration?

The iMac Pro is iMac on steroids. It is perhaps the powerful all-in-one PC on sale in India. While the only configuration available for iMac Pro is powerful enough to blow most PCs out of the water, it is the lowest configuration to have this PC in. This all-in-one from Apple can be specced to have up to an 18-core processor, up to 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD internal storage and 16GB GPU (AMD Radeon Vega 56/64). These GPUs also help provide the iMac Pro with VR support.

iMac-Pro-3

The iMac Pro is the first time in a long time (or may be ever) an Apple product is available with a keyboard that also has a numeric keypad. The iMac Pro can handle 500 watts of power. The use of dual blowers, a high-capacity heat sink, and extra venting help this PC manage 67 per cent more power than a 27-inch iMac. With so much loaded into this PC, the only reason it will be worth your consideration is if you are a power user like a video editor. Even then, it will likely be out of your budget, considering that for less than half that amount, one can assemble a similarly powerful PC. The iMac Pro’s true buyers are enterprises that can spare the budget of acquiring such a costly (powerful too) PC. For the rest, do yourself a favour – assemble a PC and save money.

Apple iMac Pro India – Synopsis

  • Priced at Rs 4.15 lakh; among the most expensive PCs on sale
  • Base configuration – 3.2GHz Xeon W processor/32GB RAM/1TB SSD/8GB Radeon Vega 56 GPU
  • Can be specced to include an 18-core processor, 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD, and 16GB Radeon Vega 56/64 GPU
  • 67 per cent more powerful than regular iMac
  • 27-inch Retina display has 5K resolution and 500 nits’ brightness
  • Equipped with stereo speakers, four mics, and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ports include an SDXC card slot, four USB 3.0, and four Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports
  • Adapters add support for Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, and VGA display outputs
  • Magic Keyboard (with numeric keypad) and Magic Mouse 2 included in the box
  • Space Gray only available colour option for iMac Pro and bundled keyboard and mouse
  1. […] here. It is a nice device that offers immense value for money. However, it is incomparable to the iMac Pro which has been created with a single purpose in mind – pure, unadulterated brute force. […]

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