Apple has launched the iMac Pro in Space Grey color and it starts at the US $4,999 and goes up to over US $13,000. According to Apple, it is the most powerful desktop machine that Apple has ever built and it is aimed at pro users demanding workflows. The Apple iMac Pro is available for purchase in Apple retail stores and the first orders of the 8-core model will start shipping on December 27 while the 10-core Xeon processor or upgraded RAM & storage will take 1 or 2 weeks more. The orders of 14-core and 18-core models will take more time.
The iMac Pro features the same design like iMac, but with an all-flash architecture and new thermal design. The iMac Pro equipped with a 27-inch high-quality 5K display with a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 and supports 1 billion colors. The high-end configuration available is a 2.3GHz 18-Core Xeon W processor (TurboBoost up to 4.3GHz), Vega 64 Graphics, 128GB memory, 2TB Storage, and 4TB storage. The Apple iMac Pro comes with dedicated Apple-designed T2 processor integrated the SMC, image signal processor for the camera, audio control, SSD control, a Secure Enclave, and a hardware encryption engine, bringing new functionality to the iMac and ensuring greater security.
The iMac Pro looks similar like standard iMac and at the back, there are four thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, 4 USB-A 3.0 ports, a 10GB Ethernet port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an SD card slot. On the inside, there is a new thermal design that delivers 80 percent more cooling capacity and 75 percent more airflow to support up to 500 watts of power.
To match the new space gray enclosure, the company also shipping matching space gray accessories and it includes wireless Magic Keyboard with a numeric keyboard, a black Lighting cable, a black Thunderbolt 3 cable, and either a Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2.
The iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display that supports a billion colors with a P3 wide color gamut and has a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels that translates to 500 nits brightness.
CPU and GPU
The iMac Pro will ship with Intel Xeon-W processor with 8, 10, 14, and 18-core configuration with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and has a cache memory of up to 42MB. The Intel Xeon-W processors use an LGA2066 socket and are built on Skylake-SP architecture.
The iMac Pro comes with advanced thermal cooling and supports AMD’s newest Radeon Pro Vega. The iMac Pro uses high-end Radeon Pro Vega 64 and Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics cards and offers up to 16GB on-package high-bandwidth memory. It will deliver 11 teraflops of single-precision computing power and up to 22 teraflops of half-precision computation performance which mean it’s powerful enough for real-time 3D rendering and high frame rate VR. The iMac Pro supports VR hardware.
The Intel Xeon-W processor is equipped with a custom Apple-made T2 chip and it integrates system management controller, image signal processor for the camera, audio control, SSD controller, a Secure Enclave, and a hardware encryption engine. For your information, the T2 chip is the successor of the T1 chip. The T1 chip used in the MacBook Pro that powers the Touch Bar and provides the secure enclave for Touch ID.
SSD and RAM
The iMac Pro will offer a 1TB SSD as standard and it can be configured up to 4TB SSD. The SSD offers transfer speed of 3GB/s.
The iMac Pro supports comes with 32GB ECC memory as standard and it can be configured to 64GB or 128GB.
The iMac Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports with support for USB-Type C. It can power up to two high-performance RAID arrays or two additional 5K display at a time and the Xeon CPU allow 48 PCIe lanes. The Thunderbolt 3.0 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40GB/s.
The iMac Pro comes with 10GB Ethernet, the first time it’s available on a Mac. It offers up to 10 times faster networking and supports Nbase-T industry-standard 1GB, 2.5GB, and 5GB link speeds.
The two speakers will deliver “broad frequency response, rich bass, and more volume”.
Space Gray Accessories
The iMac Pro comes ships with Space Grey accessories like Space Grey Magic Keyboard, Space Grey Magic Mouse 2, and a Space Grey Magic Trackpad. The Magic Keyboard and the Magic Mouse 2 included in the purchase price but if you are upgrading from the Magic Mouse 2 to the Magic Trackpad 2, it will cost the US $50. If you want Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Trackpad 2, you have to pay US 150 additionally.
If you want to mount the iMac Pro to the wall, there is a VESA Mount Adapter Kit available in Space Gray for the US $79.
The Apple iMac Pro base model cost the US $4,999 and it is equipped with a 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz, 32GB 2666MHz ECC RAM, 1 TB SSD storage, and a Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB HBM2 memory. Apple offers several recommended configurations with the single entry-level iMac Pro and can be customized with a range of upgrades that are listed below:
- 3.0GHz 8-core Xeon processor: +$800
- 2.5GHz 14-core Xeon processor: +$1,600
- 2.3GHz 18-core Xeon processor: +$2,400
- 64GB 2666MHz ECC RAM: +$800
- 128GB 2666MHz ECC RAM: +$2,400
- Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB HBM2 memory: +$600
- 2TB SSD: +$800
- 4TB SSD: +$2,800
With all the upgrade, the top-of-the-line iMac Pro comes with 2.3GHz 18-core Xeon W processor, 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD, and a Radeon Pro Vega 64. It cost US $13,199 which is the US $8,200 over the base price.