The Mac Pro, introduced in mid-2013, seems to be Apple’s forgotten Mac. Yet, Mac users of the professional persuasion love the Mac Pro. Why? Wil Gomez:
First, it’s screaming fast. In the right configuration. Mac Pros need plenty of cores, plenty of RAM, and plenty of SSD storage, and those components add up quickly. A not quite fully tricked out 12-core CPU Mac Pro with basic 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage and dual 6GB GPUs weighs in at $7,599.
Fully loaded it hits more than $10,000, whereas a fully equipped iMac with quad cores doesn’t make it to $4,000.
What’s a professional?
Finally, what constitutes a professional has changed, even since the Mac Pro was introduced in mid-2013. While a fully loaded Mac Pro gets into five figures quickly enough and the price might be justified for editing movies, rendering effects, and producing game graphics, a large portion of those industries find acceptable performance with large Retina 5k iMacs and MacBook Pro models. And, very few Mac applications take advantage of all that RAM and multi-core CPU power.