iMac Pro may pack server-grade Intel processor


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The iMac Pro will be a speed demon.
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Full details on the new iMac Pro still haven’t be unveiled by Apple even though it showed the machine off at WWDC 2017, but according to a new report, Apple’s desktop beast may pack a surprising server-grade processor from Intel to make it unbelievably fast.

After digging through source code in macOS High Sierra, Pike’s Universum claims the iMac Pro will comes with one of Intel Purley’s Xeon processors with a LGA3647 socket.

For those that don’t study every minute change in Intel’s processors, this could be a huge deal for the iMac Pro because it would run on a server-class socket instead of the high-end desktop LGA2066 socket that was developed for the older Skylake and Kaby Lake chips.

We can’t confirm whether the rumor is accurate at this time, but Pike’s has dropped some reliable scoops on Apple products in the past, including info on the new iMac Pro two months before it was unveiled.

Along with the news of a server-grade CPU, the report also claims the iMac Pro will be the first to ship with a Secure Enclave, suggesting it could come with an ARM co-processor like the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Doing so would pave the way for Touch ID on the iMac Pro, but Apple didn’t mention that feature during its presentation.


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