Apple has gotten a lot of crap for their MacPro desktops and for good reason. Now the company is trying to make up for their misstep with the MacPro desktop by introducing the iMac Pro. The iMac Pro design doesn’t deviate much from the iMac but does look sexier in a Space Grey color. But what’s more important is what’s under the hood and the ability to configure what’s under the hood. First off, the iMac Pro starting price is not going to be cheap, coming in at $4,999USD. For that price you will be getting up to 18-Core Processors, 22 Teraflops of GPU Performance, Fast Storage, and Advanced I/O.
Powered by Intel Xeon processors which can be configured from 8-cores all the way up to 18-cores you can certainly get a beastly machine here. The new iMac Pro will also come with AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega GPU. Featuring a new next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an amazing 11 Teraflops of single precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high-frame rate VR. iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports. The iMac Pro will be available in December.
As for the iMac and the MacBook Pro lineups, they both are moving to Intel Kaby Lake processors and the iMac’s are seeing brighter screens and more powerful graphics. In terms of design, nothing has changed here. Everything that is changing is the upgrades to the internal hardware. Some believe that these upgrades should have been implemented last year, especially the move to Kaby Lake processors.
You can read Apple’s full press releases on the iMac and MacBook Pro lineups at the links below.