The iMac is perhaps one of Apple’s best selling desktop computer. The all-in-one desktop offers superb visuals with its 27-inch 5K display. Before now, the iMac remained and performed as a standard desktop. However, that is about to change with the introduction of the new iMac Pro.
Fresh off of the WWDC 2017 kick off ceremony, Apple introduced an upcoming AIO desktop computer, the iMac Pro. To say the least, this new desktop is basically what most users and Mac aficionados are waiting for; a high-performing machine that tries to break all boundaries of human design.
Top-notch Intel Xeon performance
On the get go, a standard iMac Pro sports an eight-core Intel Xeon processor. If that is not enough, consumers can beef up the machine by getting either a ten-core or the top-tier 18-core version.
For professionals, this is a no brainer. More cores mean more processing power. That might be true but in general, it depends on what kind of applications one use to take advantage of that massive core count.
On the other hand, Apple’s own line of professional tools are catered to make use of Intel’s workstation-grade processors. This is mainly why an 18-core iMac Pro will be a sure performer especially on macOS applications like the Final Cut Pro for video editing.
Apart from the dizzying core count of the Intel Xeon processor, the iMac Pro is also equipped with the latest AMD Vega graphics processors. According to Apple, the top-of-the-line configuration can have as much as 16GB of HBM2 memory. The AMD Vega alone can calculate single precision numbers at a rate of 11 TFLOPs. This performance is almost similar to the latest NVIDIA Titan Xp GPU that was released a few months ago.
For those who feel that this graphics performance is not enough, can pump up the volume by adding external GPU hardware to one of its four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports.
More room to grow
Another exciting feature of the iMac Pro is the voluminous amount of memory. As a standard, the AIO desktop comes with 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM. Having it ECC makes it even more robust than standard desktop memories in the market. For added space, Apple upped the ante by enabling the new iMac workstation to hold as much as 128GB of RAM.
In terms of storage, Apple has done away with spinning platters in favor of solid-state drives. As a standard, the new professional iMac comes with 1TB of SSD storage with a transfer rate of 3Gbps. Additionally, for content creators, more content means more space. That is why the maximum SSD storage size of the iMac Pro is now at 2TB.
Of course, in addition to the main hardware components, the iMac Pro also received some important peripheral upgrades. From dual Thunderbolt 2.0 ports, the new iMac now has four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports. The Type A SUB ports are still there as well as the headphone jack and the SD card reader. However, apart from the Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac WiFi, it also comes with a 10Gbps Ethernet interface.
The FaceTime camera also received its much needed upgrade as it now supports 1080p video capture.
For those who have grown tired of the same aluminum grey colour of the iMac, the iMac Pro presents a choice with its new space grey colour scheme. Furthermore, to accentuate the new design, the Magic Mouse and Keyboard also have the same colour scheme. To cap it off, the Magic Keyboard now includes a number pad.
Price and release date
As for the release date, the iMac Pro will hit stores sometime in December. Entry-level configuration starts at $4,999. There are no details yet on how much the top-tier configuration will be. Nevertheless, owing to the fact that it sports an 18-core processor, 128GB RAM, and 2TB of storage, a price of $7,999 is not going to be surprising at all. For more updates on the iMac Pro, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.