WWDC 2017: Apple unveils the most powerful iMac with 18-core Intel Xeon processor

One of the most awaited presentations at this year’s WWDC was of the new iMacs’. The iMac Pro is one of the biggest announcements made so far, and it is currently the most powerful iMac ever according to the specs alone.

The new iMac Pro will feature a 5K display and Space Gray design that is meant to go along with the keyboard as well. The new iMac Pro is considered to be even more powerful than the current Mac Pro. The new desktop will feature 8-core Xeon processors, making it more of a workstation than just a desktop. Users will also be given the option to upgrade to 10 cores or even 18 cores should they wish. The iMac Pro can support up to 128GB of RAM and it also comes with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports.

According to Apple’s Press release kit, the new iMac can perform up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation and is in fact, meant for advanced graphics editing, VR content creation and real-time 3D rendering. The Xeon processors mentioned earlier will also be the next generation Xeon processors, keeping it up to date with all the architecture preferences and updates that users could ask for. Compared to Kaby Lake, Xeon will be able to perform even more intensive tasks. The iMac Pro will be able to deliver up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design that users have known for years. This is owing to Apple’s new all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design. The 27-inch Retina display is not only 5K, but can also support 1 billion colours when switched on, making it perfect for video and image production.

iMac Pro will also come with up to 4TB of storage and will also come with a new keyboard and trackpad. All of these features will come with a hefty price tag attached to the desktop of $5,000. Not only will this be one of the highest performing desktops by Apple, but it will also be the most expensive, as is with all of Apple’s products. The new iMac Pro will also do all of its new graphic intensive processes thanks to AMD’s new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, which is the most advanced form of graphics to ever feature on an iMac.

The new entrant in the Mac family is a direct answer to Microsoft’s Surface Book and Surface Studio that were recently launched. Apple’s updates are more to do with hardware this time around and along with upgrading the iMac and packing it with steroids, the company has also gone ahead and upgraded the MacBooks as well, which will now feature the new Kaby Lake chips.