Professionals have been yearning for an update to Apple’s workstation Mac Pro for years now and finally Cupertino is giving them exactly what they wanted…well, almost.
What Apple has done is marry the workstation-like performance of the Mac Pro with the compact and slim form-factor of the iMac. Meet, the iMac Pro, Apple’s most powerful Mac ever.
Let’s start with the headline specs. The iMac Pro will feature a 27-inch 5K (5120×2880 pixel) Retina display with a brightness of 500 nits and support for the P3 colour gamut. Inside, you can spec this beast up to an Intel Xeon 18-core processor that can boost up to 4.5GHz and has up to 42MB of cache.
What’s more, you can also configure this workstation to have up to 128GB of ECC 2,666 MHz RAM and a whopping 4TB of 3GBps SSD storage. For graphics processing, the iMac Pro will feature AMD’s Vega GPUs with up to a Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics card with 16GB of HBM2 memory.
In terms of I/O, Apple hasn’t really skimped on it either. The iMac Pro will sport four USB 3 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SDXC card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 10Gb Ethernet port (RJ-45).
The reason Apple has managed to fit all of this horsepower into the slim iMac is thanks to their brand new thermal architecture that gives the iMac Pro 80% more cooling capacity in the same design.
Oh, and did we mention that the iMac Pro will also come in Space Gray too? Well, it does, and it also has a Space Gray Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse to go along with it.
However, it will only begin shipping in December. For all of that performance, the iMac Pro will have its prices start at USD4,999 for an 8-core Xeon CPU, Radeon Vega graphics, 32GB of ECC memory, and a 1TB SSD.