|Release date||December 14, 2017|
|Discontinued||March 5, 2021|
|CPU||Intel Xeon W|
The iMac Pro is an all-in-one personal computer and workstation designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Inc. from 2017 to 2021. While it was sold, it was one of four desktop computers in the Macintosh lineup, sitting above the consumer range Mac Mini and iMac, and serving as an all-in-one alternative to the Mac Pro.
In 2013, Apple replaced its tower Mac Pro workstation with a radically-redesigned model. The machine languished for years without any updates, and Apple later admitted that its small design and focus on dual graphics-processing unit had been a mistake. In April 2017, Apple convened a roundtable of journalists and executives to restate their commitment to professional Macs. As part of the announcement, a new monitor and Mac Pro were announced, but would not arrive that year; instead, Apple referenced new iMacs to fill the gap.
The iMac Pro's chassis is the same as the 27-inch iMac it was sold alongside, but comes in a darker "space gray" finish, with the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad accessories color-matched. The iMac Pro also has more connectivity options than the iMac, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, ethernet port, and SDXC card slot. The iMac Pro's stand was user-replaceable with a licensed OEM VESA mount kit sold by Apple. The mount uses zinc screws that may be prone to breaking.
Internally, the machine was completely reconfigured.
The processor, memory, and storage are not soldered and can be removed. Unlike the 27-inch iMac, the iMac Pro does not have a memory access hatch; memory upgrades require disassembling the display.
The iMac Pro was the first Mac equipped with Apple's T2 chip, a custom Apple coprocessor. The T2 handles extra security. This results in a non-user-replaceable solid state drive as the SSD modules are paired cryptographically with the T2 chip, even though the SSD is not soldered on the motherboard like many MacBook models. Theoretically, it can be changed because it can be removed, but doing so necessitates a thorough disassembly and only some drives are suitable.
The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC on June 5, 2017, and was released in December 2017. Apple billed it as "the most powerful Mac ever made". The configurations included an 8-, 10-, 14-, or 18-core Intel Xeon processor, 5K display, AMD Vega graphics, ECC memory, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
The Mac Pro received minor updates after release. Configuration options for 256 GB of memory and a Vega 64X GPU were added on March 19, 2019. Apple discontinued the 8-core model on August 4, 2020, making the 10-core model upgrade option the base model. The iMac Pro was discontinued on March 5, 2021, with Apple selling the computer while supplies lasted. It was delisted from Apple's website and online store on March 19, 2021. An indirect successor, the Mac Studio, was released on March 18, 2022, alongside the Apple Studio Display.
The iMac Pro was positively received. Jason Snell, writing for Macworld, said that the machine was clearly not for average customers, but filled a niche for users like himself who had drifted from using pro desktops to iMacs, but still wanted more power than Apple's consumer line could offer. Wired considered the iMac Pro a statement from Apple, renewing its commitment to pro Macs.
|Released||December 14, 2017|
|Discontinued||March 19, 2021|
|Model ID||A1862 (EMC 3144)|
|Display||27″, 5120 × 2880, 60 Hertz refresh rate|
Glossy glass-covered widescreen 16:9, LED backlighting and IPS technology with P3 color gamut
500 nits brightness
1.07 billion colors
|Processor||8-core 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W (2140B) processor up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost on the LGA2066 socket
Configurable to 14-core 2.5 GHz Intel Xeon W (2170B) processor up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost
|10-core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon W (2150B) processor up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost on the LGA2066 socket|
Configurable to 18-core 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon W (2191B) processor up to 4.3 GHz Turbo Boost
|Memory||32 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM|
Formally configurable to 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB
Expandable to 512 GB with third party modules.
|Graphics||AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8 GB HBM2 video memory|
Configurable to: Vega 64 or 64X and 16 GB memory
|Storage||1 TB SSD|
Configurable to 2 TB or 4 TB
|Camera||FaceTime HD camera (1080p, 2 MP)|
|Networking||Internal Wi-Fi 5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)|
10 Gigabit Ethernet
|Peripherals||4× USB 3.0|
4× Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C 3.1 gen 2)
Supports two 5120 × 2880 or four 4096 × 2304 displays
SDXC Card slot with support for UHS-II
|Audio||Headphone/digital audio output|
Built-in stereo speakers
|Weight||21.5 lb (9.75 kg)|
|Original OS||macOS High Sierra|
|Latest OS||macOS Ventura|
|Timeline of iMac and eMac models (sorted by screen sizes)|