It's official! $4999 iMac Pro is arriving on 14 December

The new iMac Pro on display at WWDC 2017.                  James Martin  CNET

The new iMac Pro on display at WWDC 2017. James Martin CNET

Release is set for 14 December, 2017, with prices starting at £4,999.

The original iMac family has been an unabashed consumer-centric machine with admirable processing performance, and passable graphics (even offering dedicated GPUs in some configurations). The iMac Pro is designed for professionals and artists. It also comes with a beautifully crisp 27-inch Retina 5K display, ideal working on advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering. The device also is capable of featuring up to a very decent 128GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM which will help in the creation of next-generation Virtual Reality or VR-based content.

The iMac Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, four USB 3 ports, an SDXC card slot with support for UHS-II, a 3.5mm headphone jack and support for up to 10-gigabytes Ethernet.

There's naff all information on what configurations the iMac Pro will be offered in or how much it will cost, but various estimates are putting it at around $5,000. It can be bought in Space Grey colour option with the Space Grey Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and an optional Space Grey Magic Trackpad 2.

After a really long time, Apple has finally updated their iMac line of desktop computers and this time they are going all out.

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Apple's iMac Pro will support a new custom chip called T2, which is responsible for storing encryption keys, handling secure boot, and handling several system-level security functions.

When it comes to graphics power, the iMac Pro computer series arrive with Radeon Pro Vega GPUs with 11 teraflops single precision and 22 teraflops half precision.

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Marques Brownlee more sensibly put his iMac Pro indoors, and his video is a pretty good analysis of how it works for video production with the latest version of Final Cut Pro X. That's not part of the iMac Pro. Apple is yet to unveil detailed pricing for the other models. Or at least you will be able to come December the 14th, when the iMac Pro officially launches from - brace yourself - US$4999. It has 802.11ac WiFi built in, along with Bluetooth 4.2. Just like the other iMac computers, the iMac Pro is all display, with the rest of the hardware crammed inside attractive aluminium shell behind the screen.

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