Apple’s iMac Pro will cost from $7,299 in Australia

Alex Kidman 15 December 2017 NEWS

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This isn't the iMac for everyone.

While much of Apple's focus of late has been on its iOS family of devices, it's far from abandoning the long term Mac computing platform, with a new Mac Pro set to arrive next year and the arrival today of the iMac Pro as a serious computing platform for developers, creative professionals and anyone who needs a lot of computing power... at a serious price point.

Apple announced the existence of the iMac Pro all the way back at its WWDC 2017 event, but noted that it wouldn't be available until later in the year.

Apple had announced earlier in the week that the iMac Pro would cost US$4,999 for its base configuration, but its precise Australian costings were not yet live.

With the iMac Pro now on sale in Australia, that information is available, and predictably, it's not inexpensive. The baseline iMac Pro configuration will sell in Australia for $7,299 with a 3.2GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB of onboard memory, a Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of onboard memory and a 1TB hard drive. And also, because clearly, you don't want to mistake an iMac Pro for a regular iMac, an exclusive black finish only found on the Pro models.

At current exchange rates that's broadly competitive with the US pricing. While a direct conversion would equate out to around $6520, US list prices never include sales tax, because it varies from state to state. Add Australia's 10% GST, and you're at around $7,172, just shy of Apple's asking price locally. A very small change in the exchange rate could see Australian iMac Pros actually cheaper than their US counterparts.

Of course, if you wanted to go all out, you could spend a lot more. A fully stacked iMac Pro with all the trimmings will set you back a rather heftier $21,562.98.

If you're still keen, you're almost certainly in the professional space, but don't make plans to have a new iMac Pro under the Christmas tree. Even at launch, Apple isn't advising of any in-store availability, with online orders expected to ship from 27 December 2017.

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