Announced at WWDC 2017, the Apple iMac Pro finally has a release date. It will be up for pre-order on December 14 for a starting price of $4999 (Rs 3,22,000 approximately, directly converted). The iMac Pro is the first iMac to sport 8, 10, and 18-core variants. Only the 8-core and 10-core variant will be available for pre-order on December 14. The all-in-one desktop has a 27-inch Retina 5K display with a resolution of 5120x2880 pixels. Apple says that the display has 500 nits of brightness. All the three variants have 32GB DDR4 ECC memory and a 1TB SSD. The graphical capabilities of the machine are taken care off by the Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory.
When it comes to connectivity options, the new iMac Pro has 10Gb Ethernet, 4 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, 4 USB 3 ports, SDXC card slot with support for UHS‑II. The iMac Pro is available in Space Grey colour along with a Space Grey Magic keyboard and mouse. Apple is also shipping a special black USB-A to Lightning cable with the new iMac Pro. This cable is used to connect/pair/charge the new Space Gray Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard.
In an interview with T3 Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing said, “What we find is, across all of our Mac products, we have a lot of pros on MacBook Pro; we have a lot of pros on iMac; and we have pros on Mac Pro. And so, a number of years ago, when we talked about where we need to move all our products forward for pros, we knew we needed to, along with MacBook Pro – and doing a new Mac pro – that there’s an iMac need there. This time, we decided to push it further. We asked our engineering teams, 'Can you make an iMac Pro that’s truly designed for pros?' It really, inside, is a different computer.”
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