Apple’s new, most powerful iMac Pro is finally available for sale, and while some may think its £4,899 starting price is a bit steep, it’s the all extras that will really get you. That’s because when fully loaded with an 18-core Intel Xeon CPU (which won’t even ship until next year), 128GB of error-checking memory, and a 4TB SSD, you’re looking at a total price of £12,279.
For comparison’s sake, a brand new Smart Coupe starts at £9,995, while an Alfa Romeo Mito will run you slightly more at £15,500, and that’s before you figure in any end-of-year discounts dealers are slinging around right about now.
That’s not all. If you want an extra matching space gray Magic Mouse 2 and a Magic Trackpad 2, that’ll cost you another £149. And if you aren’t sure, keep in mind you won’t be able to circle back later and buy your matching peripherals, as Apple’s online configurator notes: “Space Gray accessories are available only at the time of your iMac Pro purchase.”
Other optional extras include a £79 space gray VESA mounting kit, and pre-installed versions of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X for £300 and "200, respectively. Thankfully, Apple’s first black USB-to-Lighting cord comes bundled with the iMac Pro for free.
As ridiculous as these prices might seem, it appears that the iMac Pro’s £4,899 base configuration might not be that overpriced. Based on a few comparisons to roughly equivalent Windows systems, the folks over at Apple Insider found that many iMac Pro competitors often costed slightly more than Apple’s new high-end all-in-one, but they weren’t that far off. When it comes to the higher-specced models, however, spending over 10 grand on a new computer just doesn’t seem like a good deal for most people.
I guess prices like these are how Apple made $1,444.76 per second in 2017.