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Apple's Xeon and Vega powered iMac Pro launches this week

13 December 2017
Apple's Xeon and Vega powered iMac Pro launches this week

'This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time, ' said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering. The design remains familiar from the more general iMac line, but the Pro adds a bold new 5K display, which will be capable of supporting up to 44 million pixels.

That's because the only way to get one is by buying a new iMac Pro, which hits stores' shelves on Thursday and carries an opening price point of $5,000. With an astounding 18-core processor, 128 GB of RAM, and 4 TB of storage with more premium models, the computer is truly an exercise in excess.

Interestingly, according to noted YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Apple is also furnishing iMac Pro buyers with a black lightning cable, which are now unavailable to buy separately. The footage showcased that the iMac Pro is carrying a black lightning cable to charge the black keyboard.

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The iMac Pro uses AMD's Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU, which comes with 8 GB of HDM2 memory, as the baseline. "So when they asked us to build them a killer iMac, we went all in". There is no information as to when the iMac Pro will be available in India. The product page says iMac Pro CPUs will come bearing as much as 42 MB of cache, a number that we figure applies to the 18-core version. Apple was tight-lipped as to the manufacturer and interface used for the SSDs, but given the computers' price tags and pro-duty aspirations, we'd imagine they're speedy NVMe units. But for smaller shops and one-person operations running FCP and working with 4K video, this system likely hits the price/performance sweet spot.