Apple had made an announcement at the WWDC that the iMac Pro will be launched later this year, but the company has revealed that the starting price for the most affordable configuration would cost $4,999.
The Cupertino based company had stated to offer more information about the top-of-the-range configuration later this year, promising instead to equip the iMac Pro with the best possible hardware at the time of launch.
So based on this information, ZDNet estimated how much the maxed iMac Pro would cost, and the result is a shocker.
Speaking about the configuration, even though no information on the CPU has been given by Apple, the company is most likely to use an 8-core Intel chip for the entry-level model, with a price tag of $419 per chip.
The iMac Pro with top-of-the-range specs is also likely to arrive with an 18-core Xeon processor, and estimation brings the price of the processor to $2,282, without Apple’s upcharge being included as a part of the kit.
The Cupertino based company also adds another 75 per cent over the standard price of components, so the processor alone could now cost no lesser than $4,000. In terms of RAM, the base model would come with 32GB of RAM, and comparing prices offered by OEMs like Kingston brings us to a final price for the memory upgrade of $2,700 when 128GB is offered.
Now its turn for storage — speculation and teardown made by iFixIt have discovered that Apple was using a Samsung M.2 flash SSD on the MacBook Pro, and boosting capacity to 4TB and adding Cupertino’s own markup brings us to a shocking price of $3,600.
Finally, it’s the graphics card, which is expected to be the Radeon Pro Vega. Although this card is not available just yet, a comparison with NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X and adding Apple’s markup again raises the final cost by over $2,000.
This means now, the maxed-out iMac Pro could cost no less than $17,299, which without a single ounce of doubt is one of the most expensive desktops ever to be made versus the Microsoft’s Surface Studio....