iMac Pro

The iMac Pro is an all-in-one personal computer and workstation designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc. It was released on December 14, 2017[1] and is one of four desktop computers in the current Macintosh lineup, sitting above the consumer range Mac Mini and iMac, serving as an all-in-one alternative to the Mac Pro.

iMac Pro
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DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyiMac
Macintosh
TypeAll-in-one
Workstation
Release dateDecember 14, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-12-14)
Operating systemmacOS
CPUIntel Xeon W
Related articlesMac Pro, Mac Mini, iMac
WebsiteOfficial website

OverviewEdit

The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC on June 5, 2017 and was released in December 2017. Apple billed it as "the most powerful Mac ever made".[2] Its starting price is $4999. It includes an 8-, 10-, 14-, or 18-core Intel Xeon processor, 5K display, AMD Vega graphics, ECC memory, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. It includes a custom Apple T2 chip to store encrypted keys, and a custom version of macOS that allows the user to lock down the booting process.[3][4][5] On March 19, 2019, options for 256 GB[6] of memory and a Vega 64X GPU were added. On August 4, 2020, Apple discontinued the 8-core model and made the 10-core model, previously an upgrade option, the base model.[7]

DesignEdit

The iMac Pro's chassis is carried over from the 27-inch iMac introduced in 2012 but is only available in a darker "space gray" finish. Unlike the white accessories that come with the iMac, the iMac Pro comes with a black Magic Keyboard with a numeric keypad, and a black Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

RepairabilityEdit

The processor, memory, and storage are not soldered and can be removed.[8] Unlike the 27-inch iMac, the iMac Pro does not have a memory access port, though memory can be upgraded by Apple Stores and authorized service providers. User replacement of memory is possible as it is not soldered, though it requires disassembling the display and voids the warranty.[9][10]

The iMac Pro is the first model to be equipped with Apple's T2 co-processor. This results in a non-user-replaceable solid state drive as the SSD modules are paired cryptographically with the T2 chip,[11] even though the SSD is not soldered on the motherboard like many MacBook models. It theoretically can be replaced as it is possible to remove it, although doing so requires an extensive disassembly, and only some drives are compatible.

The iMac Pro's stand is user-replaceable with a VESA mount kit sold by Apple. The mount uses zinc screws that may be prone to breaking. Although the VESA adapter is branded as an Apple product, it is actually a licensed OEM product and Apple does not provide support for it.[12]

SpecificationsEdit

Current
Component Intel Xeon 8, 10, 14, or 18 core
Model 2017
Release date 14 December 2017
Marketing Model No. MQ2Y2LL/A (base configuration)
Model Number A1862[13]
Model Identifier iMacPro1,1
Emc No. 3144
Display 27″, 5120 × 2880, 60 Hertz refresh rate
Glossy glass-covered widescreen 16:9, LED backlighting and IPS technology with P3 color gamut
500 nits brightness
1.07 billion colors
Processor 8-core (W-2140B) (before August 2020), 10-core (W-2150B), 14-core (W-2170B), or 18-core (W-2191B) Intel Xeon processor, up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost[14] on the LGA2066 socket
System Bus Varies between models
Memory 32 GB (configurable to 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB) of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM
Expandable to 512 GB with third party modules.
Graphics AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56, Vega 64, or Vega 64X, up to 16 GB HBM2 video memory
Storage 1 TB PCIe-based NVMe SSD
Configurable to 2 TB or 4 TB[15]
Security Chip Apple T2
Connectivity Internal Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
10 Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth 5.0
Camera FaceTime HD camera (1080p, 2 MP)
Peripherals 4× USB 3.0
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C 3.1 gen 2)
Supports two 5120 × 2880 or four 4096 × 2304 displays
SDXC Card slot with support for UHS-II
Audio Headphone/digital audio output
Built-in stereo speakers
Weight 21.5 lb[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "iMac Pro Available to Order December 14, Starting at $4,999". Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  2. ^ Haselton, Todd (June 5, 2017). "Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'". CNBC. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "iMac Pro packs new T2 chip for extra security | Cult of Mac". Cult of Mac. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  4. ^ "iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more". appleinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ In this article the unit symbol 'GB' is used to mean 1024^3 bytes (1 GiB)
  7. ^ "Apple Bumps iMac Pro to 10-Core Processor on Base Configuration". MacRumors. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  8. ^ Cranz, Alex (3 January 2018). "Wait, The iMac Pro Might Actually Be User-Upgradeable". Gizmodo.
  9. ^ "iMac Pro Teardown". iFixIt. 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ Rossignol, Joe (3 January 2018). "Apple Authorized Service Providers Can Upgrade an iMac Pro's RAM Starting Later This Month". MacRumors.
  11. ^ "Mac Pro 2019: Interchangeable Parts, T2 Security & Custom Configuration". MacFinder. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  12. ^ Wuerthele, Mike (30 May 2018). "Flaws in Apple's iMac Pro VESA mount fueling new episode of repair anxiety [u]". AppleInsider.
  13. ^ Wuerthele, Mike. "Apple's iMac Pro model number pegged as 'A1862' ahead of expected Dec. launch". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  14. ^ Shilov, Anton (13 December 2017). "Apple Starts iMac Pro Sales Dec. 14". Anandtech. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  15. ^ In this article the unit symbol 'TB' is used to mean 1000^4 bytes (1 terabyte)
  16. ^ "iMac Pro—Technical Specifications". Apple. Retrieved July 24, 2017.

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