Probably, the loudest announcement that Apple made on WWDC conference was the release of iMac Pro. iMac Pro is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 27-inch 5K screen, visually resembling usual 27-inch iMac, but inside it is a beast: Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores, 16GB HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory) memory, 128GB RAM, and 4TB SSD. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?
Well… no. The biggest issue with Apple lately is that their devices are non-upgradable, non-repairable outside of Apple, and crazy expensive. Whoever is willing to get iMac Pro will have to pay over £4000 for a basic model. So if you are after a super-computer, you will probably have to pay significantly more. The release is scheduled for the end of the year, the same time world expects Intel Core i9 processors to be released. New generation workstations are about to flood the market instantly making iMac Pro with its Xeon processor a technology of the past, and you cannot upgrade a thing in this £4000-computer.
The target group for this device are creative professionals. 5K screen and AMD Radeon Pro are presumably unbeatable for 3D-rendering and media editing. However, a rare professional uses a single screen, so they will get additional screen anyway, and that is the moment when a striking difference becomes evident. You have fully adjustable, thin and light additional screens on the side and a somewhat bulky in comparison iMac Pro, where only viewing angle can be adjusted, as a centrepiece of your workspace.
In our opinion, this iMac Pro is a mistake and only good for Apple fetishists. Yet, we are open to your comments. Let us know what you think.