Apple's new Retina iMac or the Mac Pro?

iMac Retina

With Apple's new iMac with Retina, lots of people are going to be left trying to decide between that 5K screen and a Mac Pro. Thankfully the new iMacs also come with some impressive innards too, and when you factor in the price difference and the fact one already includes s screen, things start to get interesting.

One of the reasons people used to buy Mac Pros was their expandability. The current models don't have that benefit, making the decision between iMac and Mac Pro an even closer call.

I'm clearly not alone in thinking that the iMac might eat the Mac Pro's lunch either.

With my recommended midrange configurations for each, the iMac certainly isn’t cheap, but it has a clear price advantage over the Mac Pro, especially since it includes its own display:

  • Retina iMac with 4 GHz, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD, M295X: $3500

  • Mac Pro with 6-core, 16 GB, 512 GB SSD, D500: $4300

If Marco might dump his beloved Mac Pro, anything's possible.

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