Even if Apple designed and built a Mac Pro that every Mac professional drooled over for a decade, there are some of us inveterate Apple watchers, and Mac collectors, who, 1) don’t need quite that much horsepower, and, 2) couldn’t afford it anyway. For us, let’s say Apple puts some real power in the iMac Pro.
For all intents and purposes, Apple has gone back to what Steve Jobs truly loves. An appliance. You don’t swap out motors in the dishwasher. You don’t tune up a toaster. You don’t tweak the microwave. Those are appliances all designed to work exactly the way they worked when you bought ’em.
Just like a Mac. With a few exceptions here and there, most of Apple’s products these days are closed devices; appliances. Actually, worse than appliances. Those can be repaired. These days, only Apple can repair one of their own (or, so it seems). Mac, iPhone, iPad. Appliances all.
Alright, Apple, if we’re doing the appliance things then how about making an appliance with some power built in. Here’s my request for a Power iMac, or an iMac Pro.
Intel Inside – How about a low-end, multi-core Xeon CPU. Not as powerful as what will ship with a new Mac Pro, maybe next year, but more so than the anemic quad-core i7 CPU in today’s high end iMac models. Or, maybe a Ryzen from AMD.
Graphic Pow – Macs are supposed to be the brand for media types, and they love high end graphic cards. A few build-to-order options are available on both Mac Pro and iMac, but how about an iMac Pro with some new AMD graphics GPUs?
More RAM – Even a fully tricked out iMac– with i7, 1TB SSD, 4GB GPU– comes with a mere 32GB of RAM. A Power iMac would need double that.
SSD – Goodbye, Fusion Drive. It’s for cheaper folks. An iMac Pro should have the fastest PCIe-based SSD storage starting at 1TB.
Thunderbolt 3 – Duh. Can you say USB-C? The MacBook Pro models come with as many as four Thunderbolt-USB-C connectors. They’re one and the same, but Thunderbolt has far more bandwidth and both use the same connector. I’m thinking six of these holes. Thunderbolt carries power, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB, and even VGA over one cable. Think of the possibilities. And the dongles.
Thermals – Any Mac with an Intel Xeon inside will generate some heat. Heat means fans. Fans mean noise. This iMac Power Pro needs to be quiet because it’s a desktop model. The Power iMac Pro needs a thermometer gauge in the Dock.
Color – Silver is so 1999. No. Wait. That’s plastic. Silver is so 2010. This is 2017. An iMac Pro Power will need a color change to segregate it from the normalcy of Silver. Space Gray it is. Definitely not that greenish charcoal in the 2013 Mac Pro. Oh, and Rose Gold. That will bring women into app development.
Display – Retina 5k it is. Why not Retina 8k? Because I shouldn’t need a second mortgage to pay for an iMac.
There you have it. My list of what the 2017 Power iMac Pro needs to separate it from the riffraff of Apple’s mundane desktop Mac business.