Apple announced back in June that its first ever iMac Pro would launch this month — and now, with just a few weeks to go, we’re finally getting some details. Apple updated its website today to say that the iMac Pro will go on sale this Thursday, December 14th. It didn’t offer any updates on pricing or configurations, but last we heard, the machine will start at $4,999.
While the iMac Pro isn’t exactly a gadget that needs to be rushed out before the holidays, it’s one of two products that Apple promised to release before the end of the year. The other is the HomePod, and Apple announced last month that it was delaying that into “early 2018.” Schiller’s comments indicate that the iMac Pro isn’t also getting delayed.
The iMac Pro will be a performance beast, with high-performance Intel Xeon processors, powerful AMD graphics card options, and a distinctive “space grey” finish.
It also comes with a big price tag – prices for the computer start at $4999and can get even higher depending on which options you choose. Users can upgrade to 128GB of RAM, 4TB of storage, and even an 18-core Intel Xeon processor.
The screen is a 27-inch “Retina” display with a 5120-by-2880 pixel resolution.
It’s meant for audio and visual professionals who know they need computing power and are willing to pay for it. Apple first announced the iMac Pro earlier this year and promised it would ship in December.
The iMac Pro is one of Apple’s responses to a backlash from its developer community late last year. After developers indicated their frustrating with the lack of powerful options Apple was selling (particularly as it related to the MacBook Pro), Apple said it would release a new Mac Pro and introduce an iMac Pro as well.
Of the two, the iMac Pro is the only one we’ve seen any details on so far. It’ll use Xeon processors, have a 5K display, and include a Radeon Vega GPU, among other extremely high-end specs.
The iMac Pro also comes with a black Lightning cable for charging the black keyboard — another small thing that’s exclusive to this computer.
Apple teased us with the iMac Pro, its most powerful desktop yet. But for months, there was barely a peep about when it might available. Now we know it’s definitely going to be available before the end of the year, when it goes on sale later this week on Thursday, December 14th.
At least for all that money, the iMac Pro will come bundled with a matching space gray Magic Keyboard (with numpad), Magic Mouse 2, and a Magic Trackpad 2. The iMac Pro also has a well-rounded selection of ports, including four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, four USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and an SDXC card reader—though the position of the last two on the backside of the display may make them a bit tricky to reach.
Additional specs include a 1080-p front-facing camera, quad microphones, Bluetooth 4.2 and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
According to Marques Brownlee, who posted a hands-on video with the new iMac Pro earlier today, only the 8 and 10 core models will be available to order later this week. He then added that the high-end 14 and 18-core models probably won’t go on sale until sometime in early 2018.
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