Apple iMac Pro launches December 14: Everything we know

The computer's near $5000 price is set to make it a device reserved only for the dedicated professional with resources to spare - and that's just the base model. However, the iMac Pro throws everything but the kitchen sink at the all-in-one form-factor, including Intel's current Xeon W series of processors that were designed for mainstream workstations. And today the company updates its official website with the product banner showing that iMac Pro is going on sale starting this Thursday, December 14th.

It's clear the company still has its sights firmly set on creative professionals, and with the regular Mac Pro now in a state of limbo, this is the company's foremost machine for doing high performance tasks like editing 4K video and 3D graphics.

Graphics and GPU compute capability come courtesy of AMD's Radeon Pro Vega silicon. Apple says the new chip will lead to higher frame rates for VR and real-time 3D rendering. Base model iMac Pros will have Radeon Pro Vega 56 cards with 8 GB of on-package HBM2 memory, but Radeon Pro Vega 64 boards with 16 GB of video memory will be an available option. The computer can also be transformed into a bigger workstation.

With four Thunderbolt 3 ports, iMac Pro can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. The desktop can transfer data at 40Gb per second and includes a 10Gb Ethernet connection on the back.

HiRise Pro is a attractive, modern stand that boosts your iMac, iMac Pro, or external display, to one of four height variations for reduce neck strain while working.

Apple described the iMac Pro as a "lean, mean dream machine". And then we went way, way beyond, creating an iMac packed with the most staggeringly powerful collection of workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory, and I/O of any Mac ever. However, there is some speculation that the chips in the iMac Pro have been downlocked slightly, perhaps to satisfy thermal requirements of the system's all-in-one design.

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