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Harder, better, faster? iMac Pro to land in December

Wed, 7th Jun 2017
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Apple yesterday gave a sneak peek of iMac Pro, a new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows.

The iMac Pro, with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, is the most powerful Mac to date.

Featuring a space grey enclosure, iMac Pro packs performance suited for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering.

iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at US$4,999.

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

“We're thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro.

“This brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,” says Apple hardware engineering vice president John Ternus.

“We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love — iMac Pro is a huge step forward.

Advanced Graphics

iMac Pro comes with the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac.

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 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, highrate VR.

And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to 22 Teraflops of performance.

Fast Storage - Advanced I/O

iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time.

For the first time on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.

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