Apple discontinued the iMac Pro, which is still one of the fastest Macs available despite being more than three years old. Whether the move means an updated version of the all-in-one desktop is on the way is unclear.
UPDATE: Don’t miss the Cult of Mac editorial “Good riddance to iMac Pro and the era of underwhelming Macs.”
The listing for the iMac Pro on Apple’s website now displays the note, “While supplies last.” And there’s only one iMac Pro configuration available. It’s no longer possible to upgrade the computer before purchase.
The sole remaining option is built around a 10-core Intel Xeon W processor running at 3.0 GHz, with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Graphics are provided by a Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB memory. The desktop has a built-in 27-inch, 5,120 by 2,880 display. It costs $4,999.
Is iMac Pro 2021 in the offing?
When Apple discontinues a product, it’s usually to replace it with a better, faster version. That’s sure to lead to speculation that a new iMac Pro is in development. If so, it will almost certainly run on Apple’s proprietary M-series processor, as Cupertino is finished with Intel chips.
But this desktop was an odd duck from the beginning. The iMac Pro debuted in 2017, primarily as a way to satisfy professional graphics designers no longer happy with the 2013 Mac Pro. The release of the 2019 Mac Pro raises questions about whether there’s any need for an iMac Pro at all. Especially as a revamped Mac Pro with an M-series chip is supposedly in development.
Still, despite being over three years old, the iMac Pro is speedy. The configuration still available scores 9385 on Geekbench 5. For comparison, the base-model 2019 Mac Pro gets a 7955 on the same benchmark test. And it costs $5,999.
But Apple’s new M1 chip is changing everything. The M1-powered Mac mini that debuted in late 2020 scores a 7404 on that test and it costs only $699.