Apple took a lot of flak from its biggest fans for its lack of support for professional users. The reaction to the latest MacBook Pro was so strong that Apple took the unprecedented step of a small gathering with selected journalists to outline the company’s commitment to the pro community. Today Apple took the first of many steps on its road map to restore confidence among the professional community as it unveiled the new iMac Pro.
The iMac Pro is not the replacement for the nearly four-year old Mac Pro. The replacement for the Mac Pro will come next year. The iMac Pro is positioned between the consumer iMac and the high-end Mac Pro and will target the Workstation market.
“We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,” said John Ternus
The iMac pro comes with the latest Kaby Lake Intel processors with up-to 18 cores and 128GB RAM in a beautiful space grey enclosure. The 5k display supports 1 billion colors with enough expansion potential to connect two more displays. The display is driven by the new Radeon Vega GPU with 16GB of RAM. With these internals the iMac Pro can deliver up to 22 Tera flops of performance. You also get up to 4TB of storage and built-in 10GbE networking.
The iMac Pro supports this level of performance in such a small form-factor thanks to innovative cooling that supports as much as 80% more air throughput.