Alongside the new 27-inch iMac, Apple gave its iMac Pro line a minor modification Tuesday. The pro-level desktop now comes with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor as standard.
In essence, this isn’t so much of an upgrade as it is Apple dropping the previous base model eight-core iMac Pro from its lineup. The 10-core iMac Pro, which was already available, is now the starting model with a cost of $4,999.
The iMac Pro is configurable to up to 18 cores. Max one out with all possible factory hardware upgrades (including a VESA Mount Adapter) and you’ll spend $13,727.
In its press release, Apple says:
“Designed for pro users who require workstation-class performance, iMac Pro features Xeon processors up to 18 cores, graphics performance up to 22 teraflops, up to 256GB quad-channel ECC memory, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display.”
Apple debuted the iMac Pro in late 2017. What it essentially got today was a slight price cut on the 10-core option. It’s not a major redesign, nor does it introduce custom Apple Silicon as is expected for some MacBooks later this year.
But if you’re in the market for a high-end iMac, today’s announcement is certainly good news.