WWDC 2017: Apple Unveils New iMac Pro (And It’s Sleek)

The iMac Pro does not disappoint, with a slew of new updates and features to boot.


By Wong Si Jia

Following Apple‘s WWDC announcement of recent updates and debut features for its products, the new iMac Pro has been touted to bring “power to the pro”, with many improved elements to boot.

Check out the video below for a quick peek of the iMac Pro.

Named ‘High Sierra’, it is black (space gray, to be more specific), sleek, and chic, making the desktop the most powerful Mac to date – a real treat for Apple fans.

Score with an 18-core Xeon Processor

While the desktop comes with a base specs of 8-core processors, it can be upgraded further to 10 or 18 cores, providing a turbo boost of up to 4.5GHz.

Simply put, that means the iMac Pro’s high-performing system has the power and flexibility to handle demanding workflows smoothly, so tasks such as editing 4K videos, or rendering large files, will pose no issue to the user.

 Vega Graphics: A Gamer’s Dream

With virtual reality breaking into the conventional gaming market, Apple has stepped in to introduce Radeon Vega Graphics, allowing for a GPU that is three times faster than the previous models.

The iMac Pro also sees higher frame rates for VR and real-life 3D rendering, making it possible for gaming enthusiasts to experience better gameplay at max settings.

That is not all when it comes to gaming – the desktop supports Steam VR, Unity, and Unreal Engine as well.

For the People Hard at Work

Apart from a 10Gb Ethernet, the new iMac Pro also boasts four Thunderbolt 3 ports. | Credit: Apple

Functionality-wise, the iMac Pro boasts more high-speed ports and better overall performance. The four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports can be connected to two 5K monitors for a total of 44 million pixels, while transferring data at 40Gbps.

A 10Gb Ethernet will be arriving for the first time too, so sharing files between desktops, or working with high-performance network storage is now up to 10 times faster. ECC memory has also been refined, holding up to 128Gb of space, double of what it was before.

Working on an iMac Pro has now become much easier.

Retina 5K Display: A Visual Treat

macOS High Sierra features a 5K Retina display, breathing colours into photographs and videos. | Credit: Apple

Get ready for a colour feast – the macOS High Sierra features support for over a billion colours, and an increased brightness level of 43 percent. With 500 nits of brightness across 14.7 million pixels, watching videos will be a visual buffet.

For photography enthusiasts, the billion-colour support element means that every photo appears the same way as it was shot, with smooth gradients and reduced banding to boot.

The iMac Pro is set to be released in Fall 2017. For more information, do check out the Apple website here.