After years of speculation and months of hype, Apple has released the iMac Pro, its most impressive desktop computer to date. The iMac Pro features options for 8, 10, 14 or 18-core Xeon processors — with a notable price jump for every higher level — up to 128GB of RAM and up to 4TB of internal flash hard drive storage. The 8 and 10-core models are available now, with 14 and 18-core models expected to be available at some point next year. Radeon Pro Vega graphics provide up to 16GB of High Bandwidth Memory — twice as fast as any previous iMac GPU — providing higher framerates for VR applications and real-time 3D rendering for more lifelike special effects and smoother gameplay at maximum resolution.
The new T2 chip inside integrates several controllers found in previous Mac systems into one package, combining things like the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller to produce a faster, more streamlined experience that frees up the Xeon processor for other tasks. The computer is the first desktop to come in Space Gray with matching Space Gray accessories, and features four USB 3 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and supports up to four extra UHD displays or two extra 5K displays if the machine’s Retina 5K display doesn’t provide enough screen for what a user is doing. The FaceTime camera camera captures video at 1080p, and both the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are made available for purchase when buying the machine (but neither is included). The baseline 8-core machine starts at $4,999 and a top of the line version comes in at a whopping $13,199.