The news comes from Apple's Phil Schiller who have revealed that the new iMac is "days away" from launching. Pricing starts at US$4,999. The Pro features Intel Xeon processors and a 27-inch Retina display. The new iMac can be configured with up to 128GB of RAM and can handle SSD storage of up to 4TB. Base model iMac Pros will have Radeon Pro Vega 56 cards with 8 GB of on-package HBM2 memory, but Radeon Pro Vega 64 boards with 16 GB of video memory will be an available option.
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. And we did it without adding a millimeter to its iconic all-in-one design. Apple touted the graphics performance for real-time 3D rendering and high-frame-rate VR work, claiming 11 TFLOPS of power, or for machine-learning applications where it said the Vega can deliver 22 TFLOPS at half-precision. Finally, there is also a 10Gb Ethernet port for fast networking. This is what Apple hopes will tide over "Pro" users until its new Mac Pro system comes out next year. If wires are too twentieth century, buyers can use 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. We've been expecting a December launch since the initial announcement, though Apple has been quiet on that front in recent months. Once you invest in an iMac Pro, you're stuck with that configuration until you sell it (fortunately, Macs do tend to retain their value on the secondhand market better than PCs) or retire it. Although the company stops short of specifying how much of that space is covered, previous iMacs offered 100% coverage, so it's likely that the Pro model will follow suit.More news: Saquon Barkley finishes fourth in Heisman Trophy voting