An iMac Pro Is Coming

June 5, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Never a fan of the Mac Pro waste bin cylinder? Apple is planning a supped-up iMac for December that will be its most powerful PC to date.

The iMac Pro, which was previewed at the company’s developer’s conference, will feature a 27-inch Retina 5K display that supports 1 billion colors, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation.

With an all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design, iMac Pro delivers up to 80 percent more cooling capacity than earlier versions. It will ship with a new Radeon Pro Vega GPU with up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) to deliver 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and high frame rate VR. If you want to run machine learning algorithms on the iMac Pro, it can offer half-precision computation at up to 22 Teraflops.

You can pack the iMac Pro with up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory. It will have four Thunderbolt 3 ports that can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. Another Mac first: there will be a  10Gb Ethernet connection on the new iMac Pro.

Prices will start at $4,999.