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Apple iMac Pro Goes on Sale December 14th (engadget.com) 278

Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. From a report: The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. It has yet to reveal the exact configuration options, but the $4,999 'starter' model ships with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a Radeon Vega graphics chipset with 8GB of RAM. You can option it with up to an 18-core Xeon, 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and a 16GB Vega chipset, although video creator Marques Brownlee notes that you'll have to wait until the new year for that 18-core beast.
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Apple iMac Pro Goes on Sale December 14th

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  • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @10:57AM (#55724283)

    Xeon CPUs and powerful GPUs inside a pointlessly thin computer with a built-in display? What for? Who the fuck asked for this?

    Either the internal heat will kill components prematurely or the thing will make even more jet noise than an old PowerPC G4 tower.

    • Those of us who look longingly and our cheese grater stuffed in a box somewhere and wish, really wish, Apple could, you know, improve on the concept of a high end, expandable Mac instead of something that looks like Jony Ive's idea of an ashtray.

      Well, we didn't exactly ask for that. But I suppose it will be all we get.

      • But I suppose it will be all we get.

        Why do you suppose that? Apple has already said they are working on an updated Mac Pro as well. The iMac pro is just for people that want a more contained unit they never messed with.

        In theory we should see the new Mac Pro in 2018, but I'm thinking maybe the end of 2018... but in the meantime if you need more performance from the Mac the iMac Pro seems like a pretty good system.

    • A faster horse (Score:5, Insightful)

      by sjbe ( 173966 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @12:00PM (#55724939)

      Xeon CPUs and powerful GPUs inside a pointlessly thin computer with a built-in display? What for? Who the fuck asked for this?

      Henry Ford said it best when he said "If I asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse". Perhaps you are right and nobody wants this but Apple does have a pretty good track record of making products people didn't know they wanted. We'll know soon enough.

      Either the internal heat will kill components prematurely or the thing will make even more jet noise than an old PowerPC G4 tower.

      I'm glad you could clear that up for us without ever having seen the product.

      • HP-Z apples mac pro needs to be kick ass and priced at the same level as Dell and HP pro workstations.

        Starting at $1499 - $1700 (desktop cpu class) (lower end pro / gamer system)

        Starting at $1999 (workstation cpus)

        With choices like
        UP TO High end CPU's (maybe duel) with lower rage video.
        Lower end CPUs starting point with UP TO high end WORKSTATION CARDS (room for duel X2 wide video cards)

        As low as 256GB flash storage (boot / os / apps) with UP TO 4TB-6TB+ 3.5 HDD's storage SAS / SATA at least 2 bays. Can als

        • HP-Z apples mac pro needs to be kick ass and priced at the same level as Dell and HP pro workstations.

          Why? People shopping for this machine probably aren't in the market for a Dell or HP. If they wanted a Windows machine they would buy one.

          I have no idea if this new Apple Pro machine will sell well or not. Nor do I really care. But it's hardly inconceivable that it might sell very well. Time will tell if there is a market for it or not. Anyone pretending they know if it will succeed or fail right now is simply guessing.

      • Either the internal heat will kill components prematurely or the thing will make even more jet noise than an old PowerPC G4 tower.

        I'm glad you could clear that up for us without ever having seen the product.

        Well I do hope they get it right. I had a 27" iMac (the last gen with the DVD) that died because of heat. It was always extremely hot at the vents and then the graphics card failed. Apple wanted 700 CAD to fix it (apparently it required a mother board replacement), out of warranty. One place told me that a reflow could help and it did, but that only bought me two months, since it failed in the same way again.

        If I was putting money down, I would be asking how hot it got and what sort of warranty there was.

        • I had the same issue- except is was the graphics card that died. At the time I couldn't justify $400 to buy the outdated graphics card that was the only one that could fit the case unmodified. It was a shame, I loved that machine.
    • Dare I say it, I think Apple has probably considered these things and have done appropriate things to ameliorate the issues you've raised with the iMac Pro.

      My concern is similar to the Trashcan Mac: Yup, it's absolute gorgeous. But what happens in two years when Intel puts out a new line of Xeon CPUs that run a little hotter.

      I mean, I'm probably not spending $4999 for it now. But I might be in the market in a couple of years. When I buy a "Pro" machine and I fork over that kind of money, I expect to be

    • by cyn1c77 ( 928549 )

      Xeon CPUs and powerful GPUs inside a pointlessly thin computer with a built-in display? What for? Who the fuck asked for this?

      Either the internal heat will kill components prematurely or the thing will make even more jet noise than an old PowerPC G4 tower.

      They are redesigning the Mac Pro to be modular again. They want to cash in on their desperate customers with the iMac Pro before they release it though!

  • by Kenja ( 541830 ) on Tuesday December 12, 2017 @11:34AM (#55724641)
    The trash can mac doesn't count. Ah well, guess Apple doesn't want my money any more...
  • enterprise needs easy to remove storage. Dell and HP let them DESTROY HDD's under warranty as well.

    Just wait for some movie in post production getting leaked out of the apple repair shop when they can't remove the local storage.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      enterprise needs easy to remove storage. Dell and HP let them DESTROY HDD's under warranty as well.

      Just wait for some movie in post production getting leaked out of the apple repair shop when they can't remove the local storage.

      Who does video post on internal hard drives? The Trashcan Mac Pro was notable because it has 6 Thunderbolt ports, to which you connect your disk arrays and perform your work. Thunderbolt is more than fast enough to handle the transfer speed of disk arrays that you'll be using. (After

  • high cpu workloads do not need an 8GB video card.

    apples start points are too high and like the 2013 mac pro to much on the video side at the base level.

  • Still no touch screen.

    And yes I would use it if it were there. For scroll/zoom if nothing else.

    • by GrBear ( 63712 )

      Please keep your fingerprints to your own computer. Nothing screams annoyance than fingerprints on a glossy monitor.

  • Show of hands, please:

    How many of you believe that the people who buy this $5000 iMac will be the same people who actually need a $5000 iMac?

    I'm thinking nah.

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