Having been first unveiled in June at Apple's WWDC, the iMac Pro is aimed directly at Apple-using creative professionals who, until now, have had to make do with the ageing and comparatively cheap Mac Pro or the even cheaper consumer version of the 5K iMac.
The new all-in-one also comes with four microphones with beam-forming technology, a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera with enhanced low-light performance, and new speakers that are up to 50 per cent louder than other iMac computers. The chassis is dominated by its 27-inch 5K Retina display. That's a big selling point for many buyers. In software demos of Adobe Dimension CC, Osirix, TwinMotion, Maxon Cinema 4D, high-resolution 3D images rendered on the fly in real time, with barely any noticeable jitter or lag.
AppleCare+ extends warranty coverage on your Apple device and reduces the cost of some repairs. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). It can also be fitted with up to a staggering 128GB of DDR4 ECC memory and up to 4TB of SSD, all of which will translate to lightning fast performance.
Motion 5.4 enables users to create immersive 360-degree VR titles and effects that can be instantly accessed in Final Cut Pro.
Apple's iMac Pro might surprise some folks with its graphics prowess. The Radeon Pro Vega 56 has 8GB of memory, while the Vega 64 has 16GB. Time to replace it, I guess.
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But now, Apple finally makes its own Thunderbolt 3 cable. To be able to know beforehand exactly where all of one's "talking heads" are featured, for example, is invaluable when doing sound checks for the human voice.
The update also includes a colour wheels feature to adjust hue, saturation and brightness. Collectively, those features should mean the iMac Pro's screen will impress. But all of that comes at a cost.
This feature is primarily found in the Smart Bin, the first-stop destination to store your content in after giving it a searchable term. This palette extends to the iMac Pro's mouse, trackpad and keyboard - which is full-size with a numeric keypad (there's no gray version of the smaller keyboard). On Thursday, December 14, Apple's new workstation-class Mac became available on the company's website. For the rest of us, $299.99 will you get you the best video editing software out there. It is not, however, an HDR display.