Which Now? Mac Pro or iMac Pro?

2019 Mac Pro

The new 2019 Mac Pro brings us to ponder the state of the 2017 iMac Pro. I found one article that starts the exploration.

iMac Pro with an Apple logo and a lock
2017 iMac Pro. Image credit: Apple. Still worth considering.

Digital Trends compares the iMac Pro specs to the new Mac Pro.

While the new Mac Pro and iMac Pro are aimed squarely at the same group of people, they’re actually quite different beasts, each with their own pros, cons and considerations to take into account. In this guide, we’ll lay out everything you need to know about them.

The problem is, the iMac Pro hasn’t been upgraded from its original 2017 specs. A potential buyer has to think about acquiring two year old hardware, Still, it’s a formidable Mac for those who also want a built-in Apple display.

…we’d be remiss not to talk about the iMac Pro’s built-in 5K display. At 27 inches diagonally and with a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution, this is a fantastic display for tasks like video- and photo-editing, which require plenty of screen real estate. It features 500 nits of brightness and uses the P3 wide color gamut for excellent clarity and color reproduction.

But one question arises. Is there too big a gulf between these two behemoths and a loaded Mac mini? Tell me what you think.

More News Debris

• We might be getting some new MacBooks, of some kind, soon. MacRumors has done some sleuthing and speculates on which models they might be. “Apple Registers 7 Unreleased Mac Notebooks in Eurasian Database.

Soon we may know if the 12-inch MacBook survives.

gold Apple MacBook
Schrödinger’s MacBook. Dead or alive?

• For some time now, there has been speculation about when Apple might replace the Lightning port on 2019 iPhones (iPhone 11?) with USB-C. Now, it appears the change might happen in the 2019 models. “Apple Accidentally Leaks Radical iPhone Upgrade.

Look closely at Apple’s first beta of iOS 13 and you will find there is a new recovery mode screen for your iPhone, and on it the Lightning cable shown in iOS 12 has been swapped for USB-C.

This does make good sense given where Apple has gone with the iPad previously.

• I have written before about tech rage against robots. It gets taken out on robots that visibly steal jobs from humans. Here’s a recent example. “Uber says people are bullying its self-driving cars with rude gestures and road rage.” I expect to see more of this. The way out is for companies to retrain their employees, in anti-greed, investment mode, for good paying jobs instead of dismissing them wholesale.

• Here’s a list of interesting iOS 13 features that TNW thinks we may have overlooked. My favorite is better insight into how apps are tracking your location.

• Apple is working hard to improve its Maps app. Jonny Evans at Apple Must explains. “WWDC: How Apple is making Maps much, much better.” After years of preferring Google Maps, I find myself using Apple Maps more and more. The accuracy is better, and I trust Apple more than Google.

• If you use the Vim or NeoVim editors in the macOS terminal, be aware of this from ars technica : “If you haven’t patched Vim or NeoVim text editors, you really, really should.” But the user has to enable an option that opens the door:

The latest version of Apple’s macOS is continuing to use a vulnerable version, although attacks only work when users have changed a default setting that enables a feature called modelines.

• Finally, we’re all to familiar with the perils of Notifications that have gone madly out of control. But this missive really punctuates how bad it can get in a humorous way. “How to turn your Apple Watch into a source of constant terror and dread.”

We need more tech humor like this one from boing boing.

Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.

4 thoughts on “Which Now? Mac Pro or iMac Pro?

  • So here’s my question about both the iMac Pro and the new Mac Pro … if I spend many thousands of dollars on either one of them will I be able to launch Apple Maps and it know the difference between east and west? Because right now it doesn’t and I sat in traffic because it put the red lines on I-40 West when the wreck and backup was on I-40 east.

    I sure hope Apple is improving Maps, because right now it is inexcusably bad…

    Old UNIX Guy

  • Actually, I don’t think the question is “iMac or Mac Pro?”, I think it’s “Will you never, under any circumstances require a mobile computer – or do you absolutely require horsepower that isn’t possible in a laptop?”.

    I hate to keep bringing up my own 2018 MBP, but it’s an important point of reference. I’ve been using Macs exclusively for professional work for more than two decades. In the early 2000’s I never would have considered a laptop: too expensive, not adequately powerful. From the late 2000’s through the past few years, I fluctuated between mobile & desktop depending on where I was at career-wise at the time… at a couple of points I had one of each (not convenient for keeping files synced).

    In the past few years, and particularly since Apple has introduced more cores, more RAM, uses ultra-fast PCIe storage, Thunderbolt, etc, we’re at a point where MacBook Pros are truly desktop-class computers without compromise.

    The latest iMac Pro & Mac Pro’s aren’t just desktops; they’re work stations. Sure you can process more stuff, push millions more pixels etc… so what? I maintain that those who require such high level capability are a very small subset of content creators. If you do web development and/or print design — the huge majority of content creators — the thousands of extra dollars you might spend to speed work up by a few seconds here and there quickly looks like a huge waste of money. Mobility on the other hand has a lot more to be gained, as you’re able to meet with clients & show work in real time, walk across the office to pow-wow with a colleague, etc.

    Anyway, my point of view is that as consumers, prosumers and professionals go, we’ve largely passed the threshold of needing to be anchored to a desk — albeit not entirely. Some people still need that horsepower. My 2¢.

  • Actually, there is a third option not mentioned here. And that is: neither. Apple does not make a single Mac that interests me today or when the new Mac Pro launches. While I have no doubt it can be configured to be a powerful machine, priced at double that of the cheese grater it offers an extremely poor value proposition. So that’s a negatory on that. And no other Mac meet my requirements: easily repaired, upgraded, and expanded for a modest premium. I’ve already ordered parts to beef up my cheese grater for a pittance now that Apple has shown its hand. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to patiently wait for Tim Apple to step down in hopes that Apple 4.0 will resurrect the values that Steve Jobs leveraged to make Apple what it is today. Steve got it. And so do I. Hint: it was not by building increasingly inferior locked down products for ever increasing prices.

  • Apple should release more headless Macs, including low, middle and high products, from Mac mini to Mac Pro, and also a new mini tower. CPU may last seven years (then you cannot install new macOS releases but displays last more than 20 years. Fight programmed obsolescence, protect the environment and fight climate change and global warming.

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