Apple launch new iMac Pro
Going all-out and all-in
Apple has begun taking orders for its new iMac Pro and if you have (starting from) £4,999 spare, you can get your name down for one.
That hefty price tag does bag you an extremely premium machine, however, with Apple going all-out with its latest incarnation of what’s become an iconic desktop computer.
Apple states that the new iMac Pro is packed with the most powerful collection of workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory and I/O of any Mac ever and they managed to pack it all in without adding a millimetre to its beautiful all-in-one design.
The new iMac can be specced with up to 18 cores and features a Turbo Boost with speeds up to 4.5GHz. When Apple considers what they wanted the new Pro to do, they decided it would require a graphics chip that was yet to be built so the new machine is debuting a new one. The Radeon Pro Vega is over three times faster than any previous iMac GPU, packing the power of a double-wide graphics card into a single chip. All of which translates to higher frame rates for VR, real-time 3D rendering, more lifelike special effects and gameplay at max settings.
iMac Pro can accommodate up to 128GB of RAM and, as you’d expect from a pro machine, there are plenty of high-speed ports to create a high-performance workstation. There’s four Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can connect two 5K monitors — for a whopping 44 million pixels total — and transfer data at a rapid 40Gb/s. And there’s something you probably didn’t expect in an iMac: 10Gb Ethernet so sharing files between desktops, or working with high-performance network storage, is up to 10 times faster.
The iMac Pro doesn’t disappoint with its screen either. It’s a 27-incher with 500 nits of brightness across its 14.7 million pixels and supports the (wide) P3 colour gamut
To combat the inevitable heat that accompanies all this power, Apple has completely redesigned the thermal architecture of iMac Pro with dual blowers, a massive heatsink and extra venting. The result, claims Apple, provides aAlmost 75 per cent more airflow and an 80 per cent increase in system thermal capacity. Which lets the iMac Pro handle 500 watts — 67 per cent more power than the previous iMac — and stay cool.
Inevitably, Apple has also launched a range of complementary accessories including a space grey Magic Keyboard and, to go with it, you can choose either the Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2. All the accessories are wireless and rechargeable.
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