Hello, iMac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-12

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iMac Pro now that we know it’s launching on Thursday. They share their first impressions, and have some big reactions to it’s lack of upgradability.

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2 thoughts on “Hello, iMac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-12

  • I’m going to have to agree with John on this one. I am a creative professional, and I need a machine that works without me messing with it. My partners use PC’s, and weekly have some computer breaking issue that sets our schedule back unless I use my always working 2010 iMac to bail us out. They are steadfast in their negativity towards Apple products, even more so now that the Pro being released tomorrow is a closed system. They feel, much like Brian does, that Apple is saying FU to its customers with this decision.

    But then there’s me. I don’t work for an institution. I do freelance work editing film and writing music and doing motion graphic work. I need a machine that isn’t going to set me behind because it won’t render fast enough or needs to be down for a day while I troubleshot some random problem. I have been in the market to update my aging mid 2010 i7 iMac with 16GB if RAM for 2 years now. I have looked at the PC market, but I keep coming back to Apple because a) the OS is fantastic and b) it always works. In my 2010 iMac, I upgraded the RAM myself once. Knowing now that I’ll need more RAM eventually, I plan on getting an iMac Pro in an 18-core model with 128 GB of RAM. Is it overkill? Possibly, but this machine isn’t for a casual user who is on the fence about how much memory fits into their budget. It’s for users who know what to expect out of a machine, want it to work, and don’t ever plan to open it up in the future. It’s an investment into my career, and honestly one that will pay itself off very quickly.

    Users of the Mac Pro 2009-2012 models can update to a 12-core, (it’s insanely expensive to do so and must be done through a third party). 2012 was only 5 years ago. Why if there is such a large swath of people exclaiming that this iMac Pro should be user upgradeable are they not upset that a modular machine like the pre trashcan Mac Pro’s cannot be upgraded any further than 12 cores just 5 years later? Why buy a modular machine at all if you can’t update it in 5 years? Why not have a beast of a machine that will, (hopefully, like the 2010 iMac I am currently writing this on), last you 7 – 9 years?

    If this machine makes you upset, it’s not for you. I am not rationalizing anything when I say that this is the machine I’ve been waiting for, and I don’t care that I can’t update the RAM later.

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