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Old Dec 12th, 2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Anyone buying an iMac Pro?

They're almost here

Apple’s iMac Pro arrives December 14, starting at $4,999
It seems like forever ago that Apple first teased the iMac Pro, the souped up, professional grade version of its all-in-one. Announced back at WWDC, the company promised the computer would arrive sometime in December, and in spite a few months of near radio silence on that front, it looks like it’s about to deliver.

The dark gray desktop will be available in a matter of days, on December 14, bringing with it some pretty nutty internal specs and a price tag to match. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999 and includes up to an 18-core Xeon processor, 128GB of memory and 4TB of storage. This is pretty a serious piece of machinery in a form factor that was once consider a bit of an at-home computer starter kit.


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Is that US $$$$?
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Old Dec 12th, 2017, 12:38 PM   #3
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Hopefully it will free up some later model cheese-grater MacPros at reasonable prices. My 1,1 is long in the tooth even though I prefer it for doing anything useful. I still think Snow Leopard is really the last benchmark OS. Everything since seems like they were in such a rush to get the next version out the door they forgot to finish the current one.
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Is that US $$$$?
yes

That's $6440 CAD by straight currency exchange at today's rate (12 December 2017), but the actual retail price in Canadian dollars has not yet been announced
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Old Dec 12th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #5
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I looked at the iMac Pro as I will probably upgrade in the next year or 2 at latest. I have an 5K iMac, first model, maxed out. It has been a good machine, but I think the iMac Pro is over kill for graphic work in Indesign, Illustrator and light photoshop use. Also the price tag is pretty up there considering I can get a maxed out 5k iMac for significantly less and it is still no slouch.
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I would be interested in a MBP 17", especially if it was 'olde skule' by which I mean with user serviceable RAM, HD, Battery. We had one of the last of these that  made until it's main board crapped out twice. When running well it was a brutal workhorse. I would love to get another. It was the closest thing to a pro laptop that  ever made........... IMHO.
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I looked at the iMac Pro as I will probably upgrade in the next year or 2 at latest. I have an 5K iMac, first model, maxed out. It has been a good machine, but I think the iMac Pro is over kill for graphic work in Indesign, Illustrator and light photoshop use. Also the price tag is pretty up there considering I can get a maxed out 5k iMac for significantly less and it is still no slouch.
One of the reviewers said that building a Windows machine with comparable specs would cost roughly the same price. IOW, Apple isn't price gouging; the iMac Pro has high-end, workstation-class innards. In a pretty package.

With the number of cores available, it looks like a wet dream for video producers and software developers. If they can use it to make more money in less time, why not?

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One of the reviewers said that building a Windows machine with comparable specs would cost roughly the same price. IOW, Apple isn't price gouging; the iMac Pro has high-end, workstation-class innards. In a pretty package.

With the number of cores available, it looks like a wet dream for video producers and software developers. If they can use it to make more money in less time, why not?

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Not saying it is not high end or would be cheaper going PC. Simply stating that it was over kill for my needs and I would probably not see a huge noticeable different in performance over a maxed out 5k iMac. So would make more sense to go the "cheaper" route with a 5K iMac over the iMac Pro for my needs.
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Not now, but maybe someday.

I don't run my video transfer business any longer and my 2013 MP works perfect for my own photo and video projects. Plus I have a 34" LG screen so I'm good monitor wise.

But I've always adored the iMac - such an amazing piece of technology so you never know.

Some people aren't happy about the lack of upgradability, but if you buy the model you want 1st, I can't ever see the need to upgrade...or at least not for a long, long time.

Good luck to those who buy it! It is tempting, but just justifiable for me now!

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I'm on an iMac now after using a cheese grater for many many years.

I dislike the un-upgradability of the iMac.
It isn't as clean cut as buying what you need 1st.
Some can't afford it off the mark. (maxed ram especially from Apple)
Others have their needs change over time.
HD's are my biggest beef. Externals all over the place instead of in the machine itself.
No CD tray hurts as I still have clients who need files burnt onto a CD/DVD. (externals just add to the desk clutter-although I do have to now buy one)
Lastly, adding newer tech to older machines to keep them going. (PCI cards/video cards)
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