It’s a big day for professionals, with the iMac Pro going on sale and a new update to Final Cut Pro X landing in the same 24 hours period.
Kicking things off with the iMac Pro, the release comes six months after the computer was first announced in June during the WWDC event.
Apple says that the new Mac is its most powerful computer ever, beating out the current Mac Pro by some margin. That will change soon enough though, with Apple already working on a replacement for the infamous “trash can” Mac Pro that is available today. Getting the most powerful Mac ever is not a cheap affair, though. Prices start at $4,999 and max out at $13,199, but no matter which you opt for you should be getting a computer that will do the job, whatever that may be, very ably indeed.
Coupled with that 27-inch 5K display, you are unlikely to be disappointed with your purchase no matter which set of innards you opt for.
The new Mac comes in with 32GB of RAM upgradeable to a whopping 128GB, and storage at 1TB SSD, maxing out at 4TB. Inside you have the Intel Xeon processor with a choice of up to 18 cores. You get 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, along with 4 USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card slot, an Ethernet port, and of course a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In terms of raw power, Apple outlines the following strengths of the iMac Pro:
3D designers can visualize huge 3D 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, visualizing 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.
The iMac Pro will start shipping out end of December with Space Gray Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad bundled in. You can of course opt to get Magic Trackpad 2 if you choose to but this must be done at the time of iMac Pro purchase as these Space Gray accessories aren’t available as separate purchase.
When you get your shiny new iMac Pro you will notice an update is available for Final Cut Pro X, too. The video editing app has received a major new update today that not only includes support for editing 8K video but also improves existing support for Virtual Reality. In fact, when connected to a HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR, users of the updated Final Cut Pro X will be able to view and edit 360-degree content in real time.
There are of course other changes to the app that should be noted, including the ability to import iMovie projects as well as HEVC and HEIF support.
Final Cut Pro X 10.4 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store now, as a free update, or for $299.99 if users do not already own the app.
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