In a rare case for Apple, if you want to purchase an iMac Pro, you will come across the following message: “While stocks last“(” While stocks last “). The company has stopped production of the iMac Pro and now only sells the remaining iMac Pro, these being the entry configuration with a 3.0GHz 10-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB RAM, a 1 TB SSD and Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8 GB of HBM2 memory.
Unfortunately, the price of these 2017 kits is still not a bargain and they cost $ 5,499.
But is there anyone who will notice the lack of the iMac Pro? The iMac for professionals was slated to be an interim solution when it was released in late 2017. Two years later, in December 2019, the modular Mac Pro was released.
The Mac Pro didn’t have the iMac Pro’s Retina 5K display, but it did have superior processors and improved graphics at a price point that wasn’t much higher than the iMac Pro, but in a modular design. ideal for the market it was intended for. .
For those for whom the Mac Pro was too powerful, the iMac outperformed the iMac Pro, with several customization options making it a suitable alternative. It got to the point where the iMac Pro was only worth it for its space gray finish.
Now the inevitable is over: Apple will bring the iMac Pro to the market.
This coincides with the fact that some configurations of the 21.5in iMac are no longer available, indicating that the new iMacs with Apple Silicon are close. But the iMac 21.5 “was designed for a different market than the iMac Pro. And potential iMac Pro users will be interested in the future of the iMac 27”, which will better meet their needs. .
Does Apple’s decision to phase out the iMac Pro indicate that the company will soon be updating the 27-inch iMac with a model that will meet market demands for the iMac Pro? Probably not: we think the iMac 27 ”will be updated in a long time, and when it does, it may come with the M2 chip or later, and not with the M1X which we think will come. with the smaller iMac.
Will M2 be sufficient for creative professionals? A report of Bloomberg December 2020 reported that Apple was working on processors with up to 16 cores and GPUs with 32 cores.
These processors apparently target high-end desktops and a new, smaller Mac Pro. We believe it will be this new Mac Pro that ends up being the successor to the iMac Pro.
These chips are not expected to arrive until 2022, sources say. Bloomberg
Original article published in igamesnews UK.