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Apple iMac Pro goes on sale today topping $13,000

By Greg S · 14 replies
Dec 14, 2017
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  1. After recently unveiling the new iMac Pro with the help of some well known YouTubers, Apple has made its latest all-in-one workstation (normally that'd be an oxymoron) available for purchase. Knowing that the iMac Pro starts at $4,999, its a given that it has a niche market.

    Selecting every possible upgrade that Apple allows including much beloved Final Cut Pro X totals $13,847.98 for the fully loaded iMac Pro, or nearly $15,000 after you add tax. Included in the staggering price is a 2.3GHz Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz, a 4TB SSD, 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory, and a Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory. Those are the best options available for storage, RAM, and graphics, respectively.

    For those interested in saving a few dollars by installing extra storage or memory as an aftermarket purchase, that is not going to be a practical option since the iMac Pro is sealed shut. Apple charges $800 for 32GB of additional ECC memory, which is well above what you could buy it for from a third-party. However, given that there is no way for installation by end users, those in need of the memory should grin and bear it.

    Looking at storage, pricing is inflated significantly, but not exorbitantly so. Apple adds $800 to make the jump from a 1TB SSD up to 2TB. Going from 2TB to 4TB adds another $2,000. Given that premium options for 2TB M.2 SSDs are roughly $1,500 and there aren't any 4TB options easily available, there is not too much price gouging going on here.

    Moving to the back of the iMac Pro, it does not have an obvious way to wall mount it or put it on a stand for a multi-monitor setup. Apple offers a VESA Mount Adapter Kit for an additional $79 for the privilege of being able to get the AIO workstation into the air and off your desk.

    Regardless of the price tag, there will still be those who place their orders for the new iMac Pro. Although in terms of hardware it doesn't present anything that couldn't be rivaled by other manufacturers or by building your own, as far as Mac users are concerned, this is the fastest computer you can buy directly from Apple. Currently, shipping estimates are in the six to eight week range and vary by location.

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  2. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 486   +322

    There is absolutely no reason to purchase this device other than vanity.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,996   +1,381

    What JaredTheDragon said. Only Apple snobs and completely uneducated people with more money than sense would buy this.

    Except for the M.2 SSD's, this is what I would consider a mid-range computer at best. You could build a PC equivalent for 1/5th the cost of this.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017
  4. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 67   +45

    "there is not too much price gouging going on here." <-- this line made me laugh so hard I almost fell out of my chair. :)
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,388   +2,058

    They'll come a day when the last of the old-school Apple elitists will be too old to care about a new computer, and that will be the end of the desktop Macs. I'll give the younger crowd that much: they view overpriced desktops the same way the old-timers do. You'll still have enough millennials with decent jobs to keep the Mabooks alive..well, assuming they don't join the PC master race, that is. When you can get a ROG for the price of a mid-range Macbook, why wouldn't you?
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  6. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +98

    I wonder how many poison Apples you have to eat in order to believe that this isn't price gouging?
    MirekFe likes this.
  7. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 907   +630

    To be fair fellow commenters the little price gouging comment was in relation to the storage of this computer, not the rest if the unit
  8. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 208   +133

    The pricing isn't much of a surprise, it's an Apple product. But didn't Apple use to set standards for beautifully impressive screens? This is such an underwhelming and unimpressive screen for 2017 standards.
  9. #1) Yes, *****s will line up to buy it. #2) Leftist and Democrat run Apple uses slavery to build its products.

    People who claim to be against hate and slavery will enjoy funding slave using Apple Computer, Inc.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,187   +3,484

    Answer: None!

    You have to drink the "Apple Kool-Aid" they serve at Tim Cook press conferences. This is really nothing more than a combination ordinary apple juice, and the wallet rape drug, "Rohypnol". This combination is colloquially known as, "iRoofie".

    So, when you wake up the next day, you have trouble sitting down, all your credit cards are maxed out, but there's a stylish new Apple computer on your desk
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  11. MirekFe

    MirekFe TS Booster Posts: 91   +39

    OVER 9000!!!
  12. lostinlodos

    lostinlodos TS Booster Posts: 138   +24

    @everyone above. Price gouging. Sure
    At the same time simply put a black line through the price tag and this is the first interesting computer from Apple since the original aluminium mega case Mac Pro.
    Honestly that’s a lot of stuff to cram into a 5k monitor. And that has me interested. Am I going to shell out $10k+ for an Intel processor? Not a chance and I’ll stick with my pc.
    But the due credit; this IS an INTERESTING system.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2018
  13. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 486   +322

    No, it's not interesting. It's a laptop with a monitor attached to it. Nobody wants this and Apple is irrelevant in the PC or workstation worlds now, and that is just how it should be. Toys for tots.
  14. lostinlodos

    lostinlodos TS Booster Posts: 138   +24

    I’m not sure you’re grasping the point here. You did show up to post, dragon, as did I. At a minimum we are curious enough to show up and post.
  15. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 486   +322

    You might be curious about overpriced, underpowered, useless toys. But I happen to be a CGI professional and have no such curiosity. Only disdain. Macs haven't been relevant in my field for almost a decade now, and they aren't going to make a comeback slangin' garbage like this.

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