Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Apple launches top spec iMac Pro for $13927

According to Apple, it's people working with "real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing" who need that kind of processing power.

"iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it", said John Ternus, Apple's VP of Hardware Engineering.

Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

Apple's new, most powerful iMac Pro is finally available for sale, and while some may think its $5,000 starting price is a bit steep, it's the all extras that will really get you.

Today, Apple boasts of "more than 2 million seats" for Final Cut Pro X, thus making it "the most popular version of the software ever and is used by professional video editors to create incredible works of art, from award-winning Hollywood feature films and commercials, to global broadcasts and the world's most popular YouTube videos". A new upgrade to Final Cut Pro X adds support for both newer video technology and some key color editing tools. When it comes to the higher-specced models, spending over 10 grand on a new computer just doesn't seem like a good deal for most people. Companion apps Motion and Compressor will also receive 360-degree VR video support.

As mentioned above, Final Cut Pro X allows editors to create VR content with the ability to import, edit, and deliver content - viewing their project through an HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR. This machine will be a long-term investment for many professional users. The iMac Pro can also export HEVC video 3 times faster.

"Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits".

"Compressor 4.4 lets users deliver 360-degree video with industry-standard spherical metadata".

The sleek aluminium finish is also available on some generations of iPhone, iPad, MacBook and MacBook Pro.

But Apple's neglect of its professional workstation the Mac Pro, which was last updated in 2013, has seen the company lose favour, with some sections of its user base switching to Windows and rival software packages.

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