Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro

Apple's iMac Pro desktop computer boasts a bevy of top-notch tech specs. 

It starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon W chip, a high-end graphics card with 8GB of HBM2 memory, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD for storage and 8 USB ports (four of them USB-C/Thunderbolt). Oh, and it has a 5K retina display and comes in a space gray case to distinguish it from lesser iMacs.

Prices start at $4,999 – and with a few upgrades (18-core processor, anyone?) can easily top $10,000. 

Even so, Apple expert Michael deAgonia told Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis he's getting a new iMac Pro this month, and went on to explain why.

In a word: video. 

Thus ensued a debate between DeAgonia and IDG Enterprise video producer Chris Hebert – in his Mingis on Tech debut – on the merits of spending high-roller money on a computer. Hebert, who built his own video editing powerhouse for less, figures the entry-level iMac Pro offers the best bang for the buck; DeAgonia argued that the  planned upgrades he has in mind will future-proof his machine.

The trio also reviewed Apple's current line-up (kinda stale) and whether the iMac Pro is likely to wind up like the Mac Pro, which went for years between meaningful updates. 

For the audio-only version, click play (or catch up on all earlier episodes) below. Or you can find us on iTunes, where you can download each episode and listen at your leisure.

Happy listening, and please, send feedback or suggestions for future topics to us. We'd love to hear from you.

IDG Insider


« VyprVPN review: A VPN committed to online user security, privacy, and an open internet


Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode »
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

Trump hits partial pause on Huawei ban, but 5G concerns persist

Phil Muncaster reports on China and beyond

FinancialForce profits from PSA investment

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Future-proofing the Middle East

Keri Allan looks at the latest trends and technologies


Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?