iMac Pro

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iMac Pro
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DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyiMac
Macintosh
TypeAll-in-one
Workstation
Release dateDecember 14, 2017
DiscontinuedMarch 5, 2021
Operating systemmacOS
CPUIntel Xeon W
Related articlesMac Pro, Mac Mini, iMac
WebsiteiMac Pro - Apple at the Wayback Machine (archived March 10, 2021)

The iMac Pro is a discontinued all-in-one personal computer and workstation designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc. It was released on December 14, 2017.[1] While it was sold, it was one of four desktop computers in the Macintosh lineup, sitting above the consumer range Mac Mini and iMac, and serving as an all-in-one alternative to the Mac Pro. [2][3]

Overview[edit]

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".[4] 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.[5][6][7] On March 19, 2019, options for 256 GB[8] 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.[9]

On March 5, 2021, Apple discontinued the iMac Pro and said it would continue selling it while supplies last.[10][11] It was delisted from Apple's website and online store on March 19, 2021.[12]

Design[edit]

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.

Repairability[edit]

The processor, memory, and storage are not soldered and can be removed.[13] 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.[14][15]

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,[16] 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.[17]

Development[edit]

Reception[edit]

The iMac Pro was generally well-received.

Specifications[edit]

Technical Specifications[18]
Model identifier iMacPro1,1
Model number MQ2Y2LL/A (base configuration)
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, 10, 14, or 18-core Intel Xeon processor

up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost[19] on the LGA2066 socket

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
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 (9.75 kg)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iMac Pro Available to Order December 14, Starting at $4,999". Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  2. ^ Vincent, Brittany. "Apple Officially Discontinues the iMac Pro". PC Mag. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  3. ^ Moyer, Edward. "Apple's iMac Pro to be discontinued". CNET. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  4. ^ Haselton, Todd (June 5, 2017). "Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'". CNBC. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "iMac Pro packs new T2 chip for extra security | Cult of Mac". Cult of Mac. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  6. ^ "iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more". appleinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  7. ^ "Apple details iMac Pro's T2 chip, which handles secure boot, system management, ISP, more". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  8. ^ In this article the unit symbol 'GB' is used to mean 1024^3 bytes (1 GiB)
  9. ^ "Apple Bumps iMac Pro to 10-Core Processor on Base Configuration". MacRumors. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  10. ^ Mayo, Benjamin (2021-03-06). "Apple discontinues iMac Pro, Apple Store says buy 'while supplies last'". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  11. ^ "iMac Pro No Longer Custom Configurable, Available 'While Supplies Last'". www.macrumors.com. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  12. ^ Clover, Juli. "iMac Pro Officially Discontinued, Removed From Apple's Site and No Longer Available for Purchase". MacRumors. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  13. ^ Cranz, Alex (3 January 2018). "Wait, The iMac Pro Might Actually Be User-Upgradeable". Gizmodo.
  14. ^ "iMac Pro Teardown". iFixIt. 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ Rossignol, Joe (3 January 2018). "Apple Authorized Service Providers Can Upgrade an iMac Pro's RAM Starting Later This Month". MacRumors.
  16. ^ "Mac Pro 2019: Interchangeable Parts, T2 Security & Custom Configuration". MacFinder. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  17. ^ Wuerthele, Mike (30 May 2018). "Flaws in Apple's iMac Pro VESA mount fueling new episode of repair anxiety [u]". AppleInsider.
  18. ^ "iMac Pro—Technical Specifications". Apple Support. Apple. December 9, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  19. ^ Shilov, Anton (13 December 2017). "Apple Starts iMac Pro Sales Dec. 14". Anandtech. Retrieved 13 December 2017.

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