The “PRO” iMac

This year’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference or WWDC was held in San Jose during which Apple revealed the most anticipated desktop or All-in-one PC, The iMac Pro. So what’s so “PRO” about it apart from new space grey colour? The answer is specs!

The new iMac Pro is loaded with some top of the line hardware that can easily handle most of the power hungry tasks with ease, well at least on papers I guess!

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The iMac Pro is a top-of-the-line iMac with Intel Xeon processors, Radeon Pro Vega graphics, Thunderbolt 3, and a unique Space Gray body.

FEATURES

  • Xeon processors, up to 18 cores
  • Radeon Pro Vega graphics
  • Up to 4TB SSD
  • Space Gray body
  • New thermal architecture
  • 4 TB3 ports
  • December launch date

The iMac Pro will be a WorkStation grade machine that’s aimed at professional users with demanding workflows.

Now since it’s Apple, the machine is equally pricey as well! Yes, the iMac Pro starts with a price tag of whopping $4999 as it’s the most powerful machine that Apple has ever made.

It has the same design as the previous iMacs but with a new thermal design that supports an Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores and a top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics along with new space grey colour.

The 27-inch iMac Pro has a super dense high-quality 5K display that supports 1 billion colours and it comes in a unique space grey enclosure with matching (and exclusive) space grey accessories.

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iMac Pro also have four Thunderbolt 3 ports powerful enough to drive multiple 5K displays at once, and it supports up to 4TB of SSD and 128GB of ECC RAM.

Thermal Design

The iMac Pro has an ultra-thin slim-bodied design and a minimal footprint. A new thermal design is implemented that delivers 80 percent more cooling capacity and 75 percent more airflow to support up to 500 watts of power.

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Display

The new display is a Retina 5K panel that supports a billion colours with a P3 wide colour gamut. It has more than 14.7 million pixels and a 500 nit brightness level, which is 43 percent brighter than previous iMac displays.

CPU

The iMac Pro uses Intel’s server-grade Xeon processors with 8, 10, and 18 core chips available as optional configurations with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB of cache. The CPU is kept cool by new thermal design as mentioned above.

GPU

It supports AMD’s newest Radeon Pro Vega, the most advanced graphics ever used on a Mac. It includes a next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) and 400GB/s memory bandwidth.

It delivers 11 Teraflops of single precision computing power and up to 22 Teraflops of half-precision computation performance, meaning it’s powerful enough for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high-frame rate VR. The iMac Pro, like Apple’s new iMacs, supports VR hardware.

Storage & Memory

The iMac Pro supports up to 4TB of solid-state storage and 3GB/s throughput. It also supports up to 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory.

I/O

THUNDERBOLT 3

There are four Thunderbolt 3 ports built into the iMac Pro, which can power up to two high-performance two 5K displays at the first time. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s.

10GB ETHERNET

The iMac Pro includes 10Gb Ethernet, the first time it’s ever been included on a Mac. It also supports N base-T industry-standard 1Gb, 2.5Gb, and 5Gb link speeds.

SPEAKERS

Enhanced stereo speakers are included in the iMac Pro, which Apple says deliver a broad frequency response, rich bass, and more volume.

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Overall the machine looks quite promising and is expected to be launched in December this year but a more specific release date has not yet been provided.
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