iMac was the machine of choice for creatives in its hey day, but since then, Windows have become equally apt, if not better, in dealing with graphics intensive tasks. True enough, I see many creatives today using Windows-based PCs as their main workhorse. But, it looks like the Cupertino tech giant has its sight set on regaining its glorious day with the newly announced iMac Pro. Yes. You heard that right. iMac has gone Pro and it is hardly a ‘personal desktop computer’; it is the most powerful Mac ever made. Also, it comes in Space Gray and this new found colorway also extends to the included the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and Magic Mouse 2. There’s also an optional Space Gray Magic Trackpad 2 too for those who need it. Dope.
Other than the color, iMac Pro looks not much different from the current iMac. Then again, don’t every all-in-one looks pretty much the same? What’s more interesting is the tech it has to offer, including a beautiful 27-inch Retina 5K display and up to 18-core (!) Xeon processors and wait for this… up to 22 freaking Teraflops of graphics computation. Speaking of graphics, iMac Pro, which boasts a new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, is touted as the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac. The new, upcoming iMac Pro also features an innovative thermal design that, despite packing new and more powerful internals, is still capable delivering up to 80 precent more cooling capacity while retaining the same thin and seamless iMac design.
Other notables include up to 128 GB RAM, up to 4TB SSD storage, up to 16GB of HBM2 memory for graphics, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, support multiple external displays, 4x Thunderbolt 3 digital video output, native DisplayPort output over USB-C (x4), built-in stereo speakers, four microphones, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Ethernet port, UHS-II supported SDXC card slot, and the usual wireless connectivity including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 technology. At launch, the Apple iMac Pro will be preloaded with the newly announced macOS High Sierra operating system.
The Apple iMac Pro is expected to ship in December with a hefty starting price of $4,999. Yikes. Well, what can we say? It isn’t a ‘pro’ without big performance and a big price tag, isn’t it?
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