Apple Unveils All-New iMac Pro With 18-Core Xeon, Radeon Vega And 5K Display

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Apple first gave us a hint that a more pro-oriented iMac was on the way back in April, and today at WWDC, the company gave us an early look at what will ship later this year: the iMac Pro. As you might expect, the iMac Pro has the same basic design language as the consumer-oriented iMac, but it cranks the hardware specs to the max — in fact, it’s the most powerful Mac ever produced according to Apple.

The iMac Pro will be available in 8-, 10-, and 18-core (36 threads) Xeon configurations all while maintaining the familiar all-in-one form-factor. You’ll get a 27.5-inch 5K display, but powering that display is the big dog in graphics from AMD — the all-new Radeon Vega GPU, which will provide 11 TFLOPs of single-precision compute performance. 

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In addition, the iMac Pro supports up to 16GB of VRAM for the Vega, up to 128GB of DDR4-2666 system ECC RAM, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. You’ll also find 10Gb Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers, 1080p FaceTime camera, and a UHS-II SDXC card slot.

The iMac Pro will ship in December with a base price of $4,999. At that price, you’ll get an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB ECC memory, 1TB SSD and Radeon Vega graphics. Upgrading to the 10-core and 18-core Xeon processor will of course balloon that price by thousands, but you get what you pay for.

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Regular consumer iMacs have also been upgraded across the board with new displays, which are rated at 500 nits (43 percent brighter than before). 10-bit dithering is supported, bringing one billion colors to your eyes. On the hardware front, Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake Core series processor are featured on the entire lineup, bringing higher base and turbo clock speeds and 10-bit HEVC decode. The 21.5-inch iMac now supports up to 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch models add support for up to 64GB of RAM.

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The Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch iMac models, while the SSD options are now up to 50 percent faster in capacities up to 2TB.

Apple also added Kaby Lake to the entire MacBook family of products, and there is a new, cheaper SKU of the 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar.