A supercar among iMacs

Booting up Apple’s new iMac Pro is the computer equivalent of taking to the wheel of a top-of-the-range Ferrari

Apple iMac Pro, from £4,889
Apple iMac Pro, from £4,889 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

Would you happily buy a car capable of 200mph when it’s unlikely you will ever be able to drive it at that speed? Yes, I do understand the urge. This, the iMac Pro, is the computer equivalent of a top-of-the-range Ferrari or Lamborghini. It is the most powerful Mac ever, with far more muscle than the mere Mac Pro and a space-grey finish to emphasise its seriousness. The iMac Pro starts at £4,889, but go mad on the Apple Store and you will soon clock up £12,279. The base model, Apple says, is actually a bargain, because if, as filmmakers, photographers, architects, landscape gardeners, software developers and musicians do, you get into “spec-ing up” a regular iMac, you soon hit that £4,889 price mark and beyond.

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What delights does the base iMac Pro provide? You get the Retina 5K screen, a 1080p FaceTime camera with four microphones, 32GB of RAM and an 8-Core Intel processor –twice as fast as the iMac’s. Then there’s a solid-state hard drive 50 per cent faster than in normal Macs, able to ingest 3.3GB – almost a whole DVD’s worth of data – in a second. You laugh, but if you shoot big 4K videos on your phone, that transfer speed alone makes an iMac Pro worth pondering. By all means, though, if you want to spec up, go for the 18-Core processor (a Nasa rocket scientist uses this for physics simulations), 128GB of RAM and 4TB storage. For others, though, the 10-Core will take you to places you’ve never been with your videos, photo editing, VR headset-powering (it works natively with HTC Vive) and music-making.

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