After much anticipation, Apple has finally announced when users can order the iMac Pro – its most powerful iMac. First unveiled at WWDC 2017 in June, it sports the same 5K Retina display that has already available with the existing 27-inch iMac, but bears major improvements including up to an 18-core CPU, 128GB of RAM, and a 16GB Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU. Apple will start taking orders for the iMac Pro in the US beginning Thursday, December 14, with a base price of $4,999 (approximately Rs. 3,22,400).
Unlike the original iMac variants that have quad-core processors, the iMac Pro is listed with 8-core, 10-core, 14-core, and 18-core Intel Xeon chips. The base variant of the new iMac has 32GB of DDR ECC memory that is clocked at 2.6GHz. Additionally, there are options to pick up to 64GB and 128GB RAM. The 8-core and 10-core models will go on sale from Thursday, with higher core variants due to be available later in 2018, reports 9to5Mac.
Apple has provided a 1TB SSD on the base variant of the iMac Pro, and you can also opt for a 2TB or 4TB storage to match your requirements. In terms of graphics, the new Mac machine has the Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU that by default comes with 8GB of HBM2 memory on the base model, going up to Radeon Pro Vego 64 GPU with 16GB of HBM2 memory. The enhanced graphics support makes the iMac Pro a dedicated Mac desktop to build native virtual reality (VR) experiences.
On the connectivity front, the iMac Pro includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, SDXC card slot with support for UHS-II, four USB 3 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and an Ethernet port with data transfer support of up to 10Gb. There is also Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.2 to enable high-end wireless connectivity. Moreover, the new iMac Pro comes in a Space Gray paint job that is not just limited to its display but also extended to the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and the optional Space Gray Magic Trackpad 2.