Saturday, Mar 06, 2021, 21:18 Mac: Hardware

Breaking News: Apple Abandons The iMac Pro – No New Models Expected

In 2017, at the World Wide Developer's Conference, Apple presented the iMac Pro for the very first time. The design was comparable to the standard iMac in almost all but one respect – the colour was space grey. The similar outward appearance did not extend to the devices' interiors. The iMac Pro (based on configuration) came with an 8, 10, 12, 14, or even 18 core Intel Xeon processor and an AMD Vega graphics card. In August 2020, the production of the 8 core version came to a halt and the version with 10 cores became the new base model.

"While Supplies Still Last"
Despite 3 years having already proceeded since the iMac Pro's release, it hasn't received an update. Within the last few weeks, there were already rumors that Apple was planning on halting the device's production. Then Apple updated the iMac Pro's page in the Apple Store, adding the following text, "While supplies still last".







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The currently still available iMac Pro has a 3.0GHz Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 VRAM. There are currently no other options available, and the 10 core version is the only remaining orderable option. It's also not possible to purchase the configurations with more RAM or a larger SSD. The change has taken place to Online Apple Stores worldwide. The delivery time for the current $4999 machine is within a frame of 3-4 weeks.

Production Halt Because Of M1 Macs?
A new M1 iMac has been rumored for a while now, it's possible that Apple is halting production of the current iMac Pros in order to double down and refocus efforts – or even in preparation for an M1 iMac release. Current M1 Macs are able to achieve impressive performance benchmarks, with devices such as the M1 Mac mini or M1 MacBook Air leaving even the iMac Pro in the dust when it comes to benchmark performance. In a test done by our partnered German site, mactechnews.de, a 2020 Mac mini was capable of outpacing a 10 core iMac Pro via benchmarks in Logoist – a vector graphics application used to design logos.

Likely No Replacement
It's almost certain that there won't be a replacement for the iMac Pro any time in the near future. The market for a new iMac Pro is likely too small – and the production costs too great. If Apple does have another iMac Pro planned, then it won't be one with an Intel chipset, rather one with Apple's new in-house chips. However, Apple has yet to develop an in-house chip with the CPU performance needed for high-end models like the iMac Pro or Mac Pro.

Apple Confirms The Rumors: The iMac Pro Is Dead, Long Live The iMac Pro
Via MacRumors, Apple confirmed that the halt in production of the iMac Pro isn't simply a temporary matter – rather a long-term decision. Customers are now advised to purchase a 27" iMac when shopping for higher-end Apple computers with more performance, or even a Mac Pro.

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