Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro

When it comes to expensive Macs, you can't get much pricier than the iMac Pro, an all-in-one workstation that starts at $4,999. Just who needs that kind of horsepower? This week's guest, that's who.

Apple's iMac Pro desktop computer boasts a bevy of top-notch tech specs. 

It starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon W chip, a high-end graphics card with 8GB of HBM2 memory, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD for storage and 8 USB ports (four of them USB-C/Thunderbolt). Oh, and it has a 5K retina display and comes in a space gray case to distinguish it from lesser iMacs.

Prices start at $4,999 – and with a few upgrades (18-core processor, anyone?) can easily top $10,000. 

Even so, Apple expert Michael deAgonia told Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis he's getting a new iMac Pro this month, and went on to explain why.

In a word: video. 

Thus ensued a debate between DeAgonia and IDG Enterprise video producer Chris Hebert – in his Mingis on Tech debut – on the merits of spending high-roller money on a computer. Hebert, who built his own video editing powerhouse for less, figures the entry-level iMac Pro offers the best bang for the buck; DeAgonia argued that the  planned upgrades he has in mind will future-proof his machine.

The trio also reviewed Apple's current line-up (kinda stale) and whether the iMac Pro is likely to wind up like the Mac Pro, which went for years between meaningful updates. 

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This story, "Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro" was originally published by Computerworld.

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