At the WWDC keynote on Monday, Apple announced updates to its iMac lineup as well as a refreshed MacBook line. But the biggest news was the introduction of the new iMac Pro model that will be available late in 2017.
The 27-inch Space Gray iMac Pro will be the “most powerful Mac ever” according to Apple brass with up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation. The iMac Pro is on track to ship in December starting at $4,999.
However, according to 9to5Mac, buyers will be limited to the factory memory as the RAM will not be user-upgradable. This is in contrast with the current 27-inch iMac, which features a memory compartment door on the backside for upgrades. The current 21.5-inch iMac, on the other hand, does not allow users to upgrade its memory.
The iMac Pro supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and features four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.
“We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time,” Apple VP of Hardware Engineering John Ternus said in a news release. “We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love — iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it.”