Maxed-out iMac Pro will make your eyes water and your wallet empty


iMac Pro
What a beautiful, beautiful, expensive machine.
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Apple’s celebrated iMac Pro is finally available to buy, but it’s gonna cost you! The “basic” model will set you back only $4,999. But if you decide to shell out for the top-of-the-line version, your wallet is going to feel a whole lot lighter.

How much lighter? Checking all the boxes to upgrade the machine to its full potential brings the total iMac Pro price to a massive $13,926.98.

You do get an insanely great Mac for that amount, though. The fully kitted-out version includes a 2.3GHz 18-core Intel Xeon W processor, with a Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz. Then there’s 128GB OF 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory, 4TB OF SSD storage, a Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics card with 16GB of HBM2 memory, a Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 (both in sleek space gray), a VESA Mount Adapter Kit (also in space gray) and a space gray Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad. Plus, that hot new black Lightning cable.

Oh, and they’ll throw in Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X just cos they like ‘ya!

Since only the 8- and 10-core versions are available today, you’ll be waiting six to eight weeks for your new iMac Pro, which means you won’t be able to use it over the holidays. But that probably saves you a Christmas of flinching every time your enthusiastic young niece or nephew runs anywhere near your office.

iMac Pro pricing: It’s all about the money

As pricey as this is, it’s actually not the most expensive Mac Apple ever built. The fully maxed 2013-era Mac Pro, the predecessor to Apple’s current powerhouse pro machine, came to a whopping $20,934.45.

That price tag also shouldn’t shock people who remember buying high-spec Macs during the 1990s. Back in 1996, the top-end PowerBook 5300ce laptop (which was aimed at regular consumers in a way that the iMac Pro certainly isn’t) came with a $6,500 price tag, the equivalent of $10,218.92 today. (Check out our post on the most expensive Apple devices ever made.)

Our thoughts on spending $13,926.98 on a Mac? Well, it’s great if you can afford it — but we’re certainly concerned about laying down that kind of money for a machine you’re not going to be able to easily upgrade any time soon.