As an absolute monster of a machine, the iMac Pro features specifications that are, frankly, a little more than overkill.
Earlier today, Apple updated the iMac Pro landing page to confirm that sales will launch on December 14 for customers in the US, although no specific date for a Canadian release has been given so far.
There hasn't been a proper, balls to the wall Mac since 2013, which hasn't aged well due to its lack of upgrade options.
Apple sales staff have begun asking long-time clients what custom iMac Pro configuration they're after, and they're making preparations to take orders next week. MacRumors claims that the iMac Pro's starting price of $4,999 refers to a version with an eight-core Xeon, 32 GB of 2666 MT/s DDR4 memory, a Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory, and a 1 TB SSD.
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Assuming these details are accurate, you might be able to preorder an iMac Pro in time for Christmas. The powerful, all-in-one desktop can handle video and graphics editing and real-time 3D rendering. Some users may remain disappointed that Nvidia GPUs with their CUDA hardware acceleration aren't available, but Final Cut Pro users should find that AMD's OpenCL acceleration works especially well to speed FCP X exports.
Schiller also told T3 that the team behind the iMac Pro was dedicated to creating a computer "truly designed for pros", and promised that the new machine "inside, is a different computer" from the last generation of iMacs. If wires are too twentieth century, buyers can use 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The device's itself comes in a hot new space gray colour, and Apple is also bringing the fresh splash of colour to the Magic Keyboard, the Magic Mouse 2, and the Magic Trackpad 2. The HiRise Pro sports plenty of space inside for external drives, docks, and more.
Apple described the iMac Pro as a "lean, mean dream machine". That is if the company wants to keep its word that the iMac Pro will be launched in stores by the end of the year. But for smaller shops and one-person operations running FCP and working with 4K video, this system likely hits the price/performance sweet spot.