Does iMac Pro Mean the End for Mac Pro?

Apple's on-going annual developer conference, Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2017, brings a plethora of announcements and one of the major one is the announcement of the all-new iMac Pro coupled with refreshed iMac lineup.

MacOS "High Sierra" will make Apple File System native, add HEVC support, tools enabling 3D content creation so that Apple isn't left out of virtual realities and a new "Metal 2" API that can tap into GPUs to put them to work for either graphics or tasks like speech recognition or image interpretation. And even though this feature is mostly VR-related, users will get the ability to connect a standalone graphics card to their MacBooks Pro in the future. In addition to unveiling the new Mac Pro and even a completely new HomePod, the company unwrapped the new and improved iPad Pro. And just as some might be a bit confused by Apple's message on its revised Mac and iPad Pro lines, its accessories message is just as confusing, if not disappointing. This will be our most powerful and fastest Mac ever, which carries workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time.

The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation.

On one hand, the iMac Pro looks awesome.

The most affordable 21.7-inch 4K iMac starts at $1,399 CAD and is available to order right now on Apple's Canadian website. The Cupertino-based company also introduced an iMac update, new MacBook Pro laptops with Kaby Lake processors, a larger iPad Pro, and the HomePod. The graphics card comes with either 8GB of memory or 16GB and offers 11 teraflops single precision performance. The device features an all-flash architecture and new thermal design, which helps it to deliver up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design. You're now able to drag a new app from the dock to the display and create a split screen with another app. And though the entry level "escape edition" Pro is 200 bucks cheaper and now starts at $1,299, it still has only two (instead of four) USB-C ports.

Apple really managed to surprise its fans with a number of new gadgets and software updates at the WWDC 2017. VGA, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 2 outputs are also supported with adapters sold separately. The all-new iMac Pro will come in new Space Grey enclosure. But little things like the removal of the wired numerical keyboard and the reduced storage on the cheapest MacBook Pro just make me want to scream in anger. Naturally, all this power comes at a high price.

  • Arturo Norris