iMac Pro. © Apple.
Within the Apple family, the iMac has always been the all-in-one entry-level model, right from the birth of the “Bondi Blue” iMac G3 19 years ago, with its daring design and translucent enclosure. Now, the iMac is all grown up: the impressive Pro carries a price tag of 6,300 CAD for the base model, and if your pockets are deep, you can scale up to the 16,338 CAD model, for what is probably the most expensive Macintosh in history.
This “space gray” iMac with a 5K screen looks almost identical to its predecessors. But under the hood, you can have an Intel Xeon W-class processor with 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores, 32 to 128Gb of RAM, 1 to 4 TB of flash storage, and a Radeon Pro Vega 56 or 64 graphics card. All models come with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four microphones, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB-A ports, an SDXC card slot that supports UHS-II speeds, and one 10Gb Ethernet port.
Apple stressed that the launch of this latest iMac does not impact the delivery, in 2018, of a new Mac Pro better suited to users who eschew the all-in-one closed configuration: “In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.”
⇨ The Verge, “The iMac Pro is a beast, but it's not for everybody.”