Technology behemoth Apple is slated to release the company's most powerful iMac Pro work PC for professionals in India.
The new iMac Pro was first showcased at WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) 2017 in June and was made available for purchase in select markets including US on December 14. Now, it will be hitting stores in India soon.
The company officially announced that the new iMac Pro will come with a starting price of a whopping Rs 4.15 lakh.
Is the high price for Apple iMac Pro (2017) justified?
The company claims the new Apple iMac Pro is the fastest, most powerful Mac ever made. It comes with Intel's latest Xeon processors with up to 18 cores and top-notch graphics engine with up 22 Teraflops of performance to deliver high computing power for intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography editing including real-time 4K and 8K videos, complex simulations and audio projects.
It boast new-generation computing cores with up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) and with Vega GPU, it is capable of delivering up to an 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3-D rendering and high frame rate VR.
Besides the top-of-the-line internal hardware, Apple iMac Pro is also delivers in terms of exterior looks. It comes in a stunning new space grey finish with a matching Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and optional Magic Trackpad, and features the best Mac display to date.
It flaunts a 27.0-inch Retina 5K display with 500 nits of brightness, a P3 wide color gamut and support for over 1 billion colors, delivering an even more vivid and true-to-life viewing experience.
The new iMac Pro also comes with four microphones with beamforming technology, a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera with enhanced low-light performance, and new speakers that are up to 50 percent louder.
It also boasts an all-new thermal architecture, wherein the iMac Pro delivers up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same amazingly quiet, thin and seamless aluminium and glass enclosure.
Another notable aspect of the new iMac Pro is security. It comes with the T2 chip — Apple's very own proprietary second-generation custom Mac processor. It comes integrated with the top-of-the-line System Management Controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller.
It brings newer capabilities to the Mac, like enhanced imaging processing for the FaceTime HD camera. T2 also enables a new level of security by including a secure enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities.
Dedicated AES hardware encrypts data on the SSD without affecting performance, while secure boot ensures that only trusted software loads at startup, Apple claims.
The new iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory (RAM), and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, can connect up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever on a Mac, the new iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.
going by the features and its price-tag, Apple iMac Pro (2017) is a truly a top-notch device, but it is only best suited to professionals particularly graphics/animation designers, engineers, movie makers and senior photographers.
Here's list of use-cases for Apple iMac Pro (2017):
- 3-D designers can visualise huge 3-D models and render scenes up to 3.4 times faster.
- Developers can run multiple virtual machines and test environments, and compile code up to 2.4 times faster.
- Scientists and researchers can manipulate massive data sets and complex simulations, visualising data up to 5 times faster.
- Photographers can work with enormous files and perform image processing up to 4.1 times faster.
- Music producers can bounce (export) massive multi-track projects up to 4.6 times faster and use up to 12.4 times as many real-time plug-ins.
- Video editors can edit up to eight streams of 4K video, or edit 4.5K RED RAW video and 8K ProRes 4444 at full resolution in real time without rendering. The iMac Pro can also export HEVC video 3 times faster.