The new iMac Pro

Ap­ple’s pow­er­ful new com­puter is big on pro­cess­ing and price

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - BY Alan Stone­bridge

Ap­ple ap­peals to the hearts and minds of pro­fes­sional Mac users.

Ap­ple is mak­ing a pitch for the hearts and minds of pro­fes­sional cre­atives and soft­ware de­vel­op­ers with the lat­est mem­ber of the Mac fam­ily. The iMac Pro is a work­sta­tion-class range of all-in-one com­put­ers with the kind of pro­cess­ing power needed by the likes of vir­tual re­al­ity con­tent cre­ators and 3D graph­ics artists.

The com­puter sports a 27-inch Retina 5K dis­play with a P3 wide color gamut and 500 nits bright­ness. Its Xeon pro­ces­sor will be avail­able with 8, 10, or 18 cores, with graph­i­cal power pro­vided by an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB of High Band­width Me­mory 2, or a Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 as an op­tion.

There’s 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC me­mory as stan­dard, which can be up­graded to 64GB or 128GB. Un­like the reg­u­lar iMac range, the iMac Pro will be avail­able with a solid-state drive only – 1TB by de­fault, with 2TB and 4TB op­tions also avail­able.

“This will be our fastest and most pow­er­ful Mac ever, which brings work­sta­tion-class com­put­ing to iMac for the first time,” said John Ter­nus, Ap­ple’s vice pres­i­dent of Hard­ware Engi­neer­ing. “We reengi­neered the whole sys­tem and de­signed an en­tirely new ther­mal ar­chi­tec­ture to pack ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance into the el­e­gant, quiet iMac en­clo­sure our cus­tomers love.”

the com­puter and its ac­ces­sories sport a Space Gray de­sign, and the wire­less key­board in­cludes a nu­meric key­pad. (Ap­ple has al­ready started sell­ing a sil­ver and white ver­sion for $129: bit.ly/mgkbd­num). It fea­tures a 1080p FaceTime HD cam­era, and four Thun­der­bolt 3 (USB-C) ports, four USB 3 (Type A) ports, an SDXC card slot, a 3.5 mm head­phone port, and, for the first time on a Mac, 10Gb (10-Gi­ga­bit) Eth­er­net.

The iMac Pro should ship in De­cem­ber. Its start­ing price of $4,999 re­flects its high specs and the pro uses it’s in­tended for. Even the en­try-level price puts the iMac Pro beyond the reach of most con­sumers. Along­side its an­nounce­ment, though, Ap­ple re­freshed its main­stream 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs – learn more on page 12 .

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