It’s been a few years since Apple has updated its Mac Pro desktop computer lineup, and it could be a while before the company’s next-gen model is ready. But folks looking for a high-performance Mac will have a new option later this year.

The Apple iMac Pro is coming in December for $4,999 and up, and it’s a high-end machine with a 5120 x 2880 pixel display, up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, and up to 128GB of ECC memory.

The computer won’t come cheap though: prices are expected to start at $4,999.

Other features include AMD Radeon Vega graphics, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a 10 Gb Ethernet port.

The system also features a UHS-II SDXC card slot, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, support for up to 4TB of SSD storage, and a 500 watt power supply, among other things.

The entry-level model will have “just” 32GB of RAM, an 8-core Xeon processor, and 1TB of storage. That’s what you’ll get for $4,999.

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, Apple is also updating its non-pro line of iMac computers, with prices starting at $1099. And those models are available starting today.

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10 replies on “Apple’s $4,999 iMac Pro will be its most powerful PC when it launches in December”

  1. Does that screen have a size? 5k is all well and good, but if it’s 24 inches at 5k, I sure don’t want it.

  2. I’m really curious about the claim they made that they couldn’t spec out a similar computer for less than $7000 from other manufacturers. I might try fooling around with PC Part Picker later on, but does anyone know if this is true of OEMs?

    1. I heard that claim too, they were probably going part-for-part which puts them in a favourable light for most things (e.g. when few manufacturers used Intel iris graphics apart from Apple the list price was 3-5x more expensive than a comparable non-iris part, Apple weren’t paying list so crowed about being cheap).

      If you wanted an 8 core xeon dell do workstations with an E5-26xx processor starting at about 2k USD. The trick is that 10gig networking is expensive, NVMe ssds bump up the price, 4 x thunderbolt 3 ports is practically unheard of etc so it’s not equivalent until you sort all that out… except in processing power which is likely the only thing you care about when buying a workstation 😛

      1. In poking around PC Part Picker, I was able to find some decent parts for networking, storage, and TB3 cards with enough left to buy a 5K monitor and still come in under budget, even though for a couple parts I just took the most expensive ones listed. I was also able to find some custom builders that will get me 90% of the way there for about the same price, including some aftermarket mods you would have to make, like adding your own TB3 cards.

        So their claim may be *technically* true for all those specs from OEMs currently, but with just minor relaxing of the requirements I think you could easily make it way under the $5000 mark for the reasons you mentioned.

    1. Yes, IMacs and iMac Pros are PC’s, and that new iMac Pro will be Apple’s most powerfull PC to date.

      1. Have you seen the “Get a Mac” TV campaign? (“I’m a Mac”, “And I’m a PC”).

      2. I know they are PCs, but there can be and are more powerful PCs in the market today. Most powerful mac, yes… Most powerful PC… No

        1. It will be *Apple’s* most powerful PC. As it says clearly in the title.

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