Pro users hoping for Apple to release a superpowered all-in-one Mac are finally getting their wish fulfilled later this year as the company teased the iMac Pro at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today.
Arriving in December, the all-new iMac Pro is designed to be a super-powered workhorse. It’s got a 27-inch 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphic power.
Thanks to the included Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the iMac Pro can handle advanced graphics editing, gaming at max settings, real-time 3D rendering and high frame rate VR.
This powerful machine uses a two-fan thermal cooling system for improved ventilation.
SSD storage on the iMac Pro can be maxed out at 4TB, and up to a whopping 128GB of high bandwidth memory (2666MHz DDR4 ECC). It also features 10GB Ethernet for faster networking, a first on a Mac.
The iMac Pro has four Thunderbolt 3 ports which pro users can connect two 5K external monitors and two high-performance RAID drives all at once.
It is also the first aluminium iMac to feature a new space grey enclosure. Even the included keyboard, magic mouse and trackpad gets the space grey treatment. They look so good that I hope Apple would bring space grey to its regular iMacs soon.
Apple says the machine is its most powerful Mac ever, and should keep its pro users happy until the company releases a new Mac Pro some time next year. But really, it took them this long to give us a high-end workstation iMac.
Starting at US$4,999 (around B$6,900), the iMac Pro will be too much of an asking price for those who intend to use it solely for binge-watching on iFlix.
In other news, Apple also announced performance updates to its Macbook and Macbook Pro line with 7th generation Intel “Kaby Lake” processors to keep up with competing Windows laptops.