iMac Pro Now Available for Pickup at Apple Stores in Australia and Japan [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following initial shipments of the iMac Pro that have started to be delivered to customers over the past few days, the iMac Pro is now available for pickup at many Apple retail stores in Australia and Japan.


    Apple's website lists the iMac Pro as available for pickup today at around half of its retail locations in Australia and Japan, but for now it appears that only the base model has immediate availability, allowing customers to place orders online from store stock.

    While we're currently seeing pickup available only in Australia and Japan, it's possible other countries with personal pickup could see similar availability once the clock rolls around to Friday in those countries.

    Since the workstation is highly customizable, many customers may still prefer to order from Apple's online store, where exact tech specs, accessories, and software add-ons like Final Cut Pro X can be selected as desired.

    iMac Pro starts at $4,999 for a base 8-core model in the United States, with 10-core models available from $5,799, and these configurations are currently estimated for delivery by early to mid January from Apple's U.S. online store. 14-core and 18-core models start at $6,599 and $7,399, but they don't ship for 5-7 weeks.

    Online, every configuration has optional upgrades available for storage, memory, and graphics, with prices topping out at $13,199 for a maxed-out, high-end model with an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

    Update December 29: Apple is now showing personal pickup availability for the base iMac Pro model at many stores in the United States and Canada.

    Article Link: iMac Pro Now Available for Pickup at Apple Stores in Australia and Japan [Updated]
  2. anthorumor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Great, now I can drag my $10,000 AU iMac Pro onto a train.
  3. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    So cheap! I think I'll get 3 of them.
  4. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I'd like to see one in store, still none in the London stores I've been to
  5. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    I just feel sorry for the people who live in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, who would have gone to the Bondi store to get a new space grey iMac. They will need to endure the 11 min train ride to the City to go to the George St store, if they want a space grey iMac this year.:(
  6. Mausse macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
  7. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    If you can afford an iMac Pro you can afford a taxi or Uber home with your new expensive box of iMac.
    Infact before they closed George St to traffic I have seen Apple store employees standing outside the store hailing a cab, for someone who is just bought an iMac or screen, while they wait inside the store.
  8. Nor10 macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2016
    Apple is smoking Crack in their "UFO Bubble Pot Smoking Overly Politicized Campus"...Now even Tim C. doesn't have to interact with the world since his is required to fly on private jets !! Guess all the "Girls" get to have fun time together...not dealing with reality or shareholders...
  9. PaulRustad007 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2015
    Got to play with the new iMac Pro at an Apple store in Minneapolis. Nice machine. The black keyboard and mouse and trackpad are sweet.....

    It was fun to play with......
  10. jeremiah256 macrumors 65816


    Aug 2, 2008
    Southern California
    The number of people, even on this forum of above average users, that need an iMac Pro, is tiny. And those that need it can generally afford it.
  11. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Actually, I do need one and I can afford one. As a matter of fact, I cannot afford to not get one. It will shave hours off my work week, freeing me up to focus on the many other tasks associated with what I do.

    Those of us that need an iMac Pro know who we are. But I can't understand why you (and others) that don't need one display so much angst against it.
  12. BlueTide macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    I can't speak for all, of course, but I bet one of the major reasons for that is that they love Apple - MacOS, more specifically - but the offerings don't fit what they need. Then something like this comes along, which is nice but too costly. Thus, you're sort of left hanging. I can fully understand why angst shows up.
  13. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Geez , not even London regent street is that vain...... was always suspicious of Sydney folk....soft :p
  14. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    here is japan, a fully maxed out (10 core !*) (without VESA mount) but with apple care and with sales tax is:
    USD 14,433
    just saying...i dont have a need for one myself...

    * the models with more cores than 10 are not available on the site so cant price those.
  15. Larry-K, Dec 29, 2017
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    Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    Yes, it may well do so, but it's unlikely to identify you as someone who "needs" an iMac Pro, since virtually no work has been performed on one yet, and the resulting work performed on one in the future is unlikely to be distinctly different from work produced on any other computer.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    Some offtopic posts were removed. Please stay on topic
  17. freddiecable macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2003
    Some early benchmarks coming in :)

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  18. Bryan Bowler, Dec 29, 2017
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    Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Larry, you obviously do not have a need for a computer this powerful (and the resulting cost) and that is totally 100% cool, but there are people that do need a computer this powerful and are more than willing to pay for the benefits it brings.

    I'm just one example of a wide-array of people that need powerful computers, but allow me to explain why I "need" a computer like the iMac Pro or possibly the upcoming Mac Pro that may be released sometime in the next year or so. I am a full-time photographer and video producer. The work I do is my main source of income. What I produce is literally what puts the roof over my head and the food in my mouth.

    Compared to my late-2014 iMac (in my sig below), the iMac Pro will shave a TON of time off my editing work. On the days that I spend in my editing studio, the iMac Pro will easily shave an hour and a half or more off my day. That is time that is freed up so I can complete additional work that I am being paid for.

    Furthermore, it's not just the increase in speed that comes from specific one-time tasks such as a large transcode, it is also the ability to smoothly flow through cutting and editing 8K video and multi-cam 4K. The advantage to this cannot be stated enough. When I am able to flow smoothly through the editing process without hiccups, dropped frames, or interruptions, then my creativity can better emerge and I am even more likely to produce a better product. Remember, the desire for someone to hire me for their next project hinges on just how good my work is.

    Hopefully this gives you some insight as to how and why some people need a computer as powerful as an iMac Pro and why we are willing to pay so much for it. It's all about utilizing the right tool for the right job.
  19. jimac macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2005
    Europe and, presumably, the British Commonwealth nations like Australia list their numerical dates DAY/MONTH/YEAR, unlike the USA which is MONTH/DAY/YEAR. So the Bondi store will be getting iMac Pros the Wednesday after next, not in October. Since I started using computers decades ago, I have preferred the Japanese method, which is YEAR-MONTH-DAY, which results in correcly-ordered listings when you sort anything using that system.
  20. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    My bad. As an American, I sometimes forget that. Sorry!
  21. Larry-K, Dec 30, 2017
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    Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    Well, you're just full of "obvious" assumptions, and most of them are wrong.

    "a computer this powerful"? It's an iMac, not Excalibur. The iMac Pro is the most powerful Mac ever built (that distinction has been tossed out so many times that it has ceased to be anything other than a banal marketing term), but it's not that much more powerful than it's predecessors. "Space Gray" doesn't make it any faster.

    The base model looks to benchmark about 25% faster than a 5K iMac. Yes, it has enhancements those benchmarks may not show, but it has no track record for reliability, an important concern in professional workflows. I would never rely on an untested model to meet deadlines, nor would I ever depend on a single workstation. Can you light up all the cores and run the iMac Pro 24/7 for weeks at a time? You'll find out. It's certainly something I'd feel comfortable asking an oMP to do, and I have on many occasions (I would not ask an nMP to do it without having a fire extinguisher and adult supervision handy).

    You're not the only person earning a living from your Macs, or willing to spend money on a professional workstation, I find the base model iMac Pro priced fairly, it's only when you start adding all the buzzers and whistles that it becomes an homage to Apple's margins.

    I spent over $13K on a MacIIfx in the early '90s, the equivalent of over $21K in 2017 dollars. While it was the "Fastest Macintosh ever built" and about 25% faster than the next fastest model at the time, it probably had less processing power than the current Apple Watch, but it served its purpose and gave me a competitive edge at the time. I've never scrimped on Tech, but I'm not willing to just throw money at Apple because they insist I should.

    Photography, on any professional level, is certainly not beyond the reach of most modern Macs, although I've never been a fan of AIOs for that task. As for video, I never found it a compelling task (are you really suffering from all the issues you mention on your current machine?) and I recently tossed my old copies of Final Cut Pro, (I did keep my copy of Pre-Adobe, Cosa After Effects for old time's sake. Now that was an impressive product for its time).

    If you want an iMacPro so badly, they're trickling into Apple stores right now (Santa Monica has them); sadly, just base 32Gig models, but if you need a $5K write-off for the year-end and haven't pre-ordered, it's a thought. I know I considered it for the better part of a second before I discarded the idea.
  22. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Larry, I'm not sure I understand why you are so insistent that I'm making obvious assumptions and that I'm wrong. As I explained before, all of my income is produced by cutting edge visual productions and I work intimately with the tools of my trade at least 50 hours a week. I am quite aware of the tools that I need to facilitate the work I do.

    You state that any regular ol' iMac can easily handle high-end video work. Have you ever edited 8K RED files or three consecutive streams of full-frame 35mm 4K 60 fps footage where each file / stream weighs in at 4.7 GB per minute of footage? (So essentially, you need the throughput and power to smoothly handle multi-cam situations that weigh in at 14.1 GB per minute of footage)

    Have you ever had the need to batch-process seven thousand 50-megaixel files from several Canon 5DsR cameras when producing an intensive 8K timelapse sequence?

    Based on your replies, I can tell that you do not have any idea what it is like. As I said before, a computer like this is not for you and there's nothing wrong with that. (It would be crazy to spend that kind of money otherwise.) But you owe it to yourself to stop attacking others that clearly have a need.

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