Apple's Long-Awaited iMac Pro Finally Goes on Sale in Two Days

Apple's Long-Awaited iMac Pro Finally Goes on Sale in Two Days

Pablo Tucker
December 14, 2017

In short, with the T2 bearing more responsibility than its predecessor, the iMac Pro's primary processor will be able to handle primary computing tasks far more quickly.

Apple's most powerful iMac workstation computers yet will go on sale starting December 14, six months after being announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

The update to Final Cut Pro X lets editors create 360-degree video content and view those projects in real time using an HTC VIVE VR headset and SteamVR.

In addition to the update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple has updated Motion, which lets users create 360-degree VR titles and effects that are accessible from Final Cut Pro.

The updated iMac Pro, which will start at $4,999 based on Apple's WWDC announcement, will be available in a wide range of configurations, with 8-, 10- or 18-core Intel Xenon processors, up to 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory and solid-state drive (SSD) storage of up to 4TB, according to Apple's website.

Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

Also included in the new machines is the Radeon Pro Vega 56 video card, which Apple says is more than three times faster than any previous iMac GPU. If the nomenclature sounds at all familiar, you might recall that Apple first introduced a T-series chip a year ago when it rolled out the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and support for Touch ID. Apple has also added professional color grading tools and supports popular HDR formats. By designing and integrating several new controllers - such as the System Management Controller, image signal processor, audio controller and SSD controller - T2 delivers new capabilities to the Mac like enhanced imaging processing for the FaceTime HD camera.

At the time, Apple was only willing to disclose U.S. pricing which saw the entry-level model - an eight-core 16-thread (8C16T) Xeon with Radeon Pro Vega 56 8GB graphics, 32GB of ECC DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD - set at $4,999, a price which was expected to translate to £4,999 on this side of the pond. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99.

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