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New iMac Pro: Fastest Mac Packed With 18-core Zeon Processors & Radeon Pro Graphics

By Monica U Santos , Jun 06, 2017 06:12 AM EDT
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On Monday, Apple announced a slew of new updates for its iMac desktop and MacBook laptops. A most notable device is the new iMac Pro, which features a 27-inch 5K screen and an arbitrary 18-core processor.

Apple's new iMac Pro features a Space Gray variant, a unique design that the tech firm is rare to take. According to The Guardian, its price starts at $4,999 and will be available as soon as December of this year. The new device is said to be the key for Apple to rekindle its connection with professional users who are dismayed by the lack of updates to its Mac Pro since 2013.

Apple looks like it's touting the new iMac Pro as the firm's most powerful Mac computer ever in the history. Indeed, it is really very powerful, actually. The new iMac Pro includes a new dual centrifugal fan setting that allows the device to have more airflow compared to other Mac products. The Cupertino-based company is pushing it as being able of workstation-class performance and confirming that it's powerful enough to efficiently handle virtual reality creative work, as well as machine learning development.

This new announcement is one of the several updates Apple has made to the Mac series, as reported by Time. Traditionally and typically, Apple's event only focuses on hardware devices rather than software and iMac updates. The arrival of the new iMac Pro desktop is very convenient in terms of timing, specs, and its features, since Microsoft just released iMac and MacBook competitors under the name of Surface Studio and Surface Laptop, respectively.

The new Apple iMac Pro starts with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor. However, it can be configured with an 18-core processor alternative and up to 128GB of EEC RAM, storage of 4TB SSD and Radeon Vega discrete graphics cards including up to 16GB of memory. Aside from that, Apple also updated the regular iMac lineup with new 7th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, up to 64GB of RAM and Apple’s Fusion drives as standard.

 

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