CNET First Look
The Apple iMac Pro answers your pent-up need for iMac speedA closer look at the system for people who want the capabilities of a Mac Pro in an all-in-one design.
Apple first teased it's new iMac Pro at this year's WWDC. And now Apple's getting it out just under the wire for 2017. The Pro aspect of the system is pretty much all on the inside where Apple has put as high-end parts as it could without worrying about it bursting into flame. It's got an Intel Xeon W-series Workstation processor with options for between eight and 18 core configurations, AMG Radeon Pro Vega 56 or 64 graphics, and up to 128 gigabytes of ECC memory. The eight and 10 core versions will be available now, while you can pre order the higher core models for a late January ship. Via a new in-house T2 chip, it also beefed a hardware level security, which was necessary for many workstation users. And one of the things I was most wondering about. I'm sure Apple has very good reasons for sticking with essentially the same chassis as the old iMac, and it seems to handle the heat decently and quietly at least for the lower core versions. But the company really missed the opportunity to update the look Or, correct drawbacks of the current design, like the inability to raise and lower the display. Or putting the SD card slot in a better location. The memory access panel was replaced by a vent, but memory can still be upgraded via service center. And it does have some extra Thunderbolt USBC ports which is nice. Given the up-to-date high level components, it's probably not surprising that it's faster than any Mac to date. But I really feel that unless you've got a pent-up need for an iMac on steroids, I'd wait and see what the new Mac Pro looks like. As well as to see if Apple decides to finally redesign its All-In-One.