Power to the pro
Pros love iMac. So we created one just for you. It’s packed with the most powerful graphics and processors ever in a Mac, along with the most advanced storage, memory, and I/O — all behind a breathtaking Retina 5K display in a sleek, all-in-one design. For everyone from photographers to video editors to 3D animators to musicians to software developers to scientists, iMac Pro is ready to turn your biggest ideas into your greatest work.
Up to 18 cores in an iMac
An iMac with 4 cores is remarkable enough. But an iMac with 8, 10, 14, or 18 cores is an entirely different creature. Add Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.5GHz, and iMac Pro has the power and flexibility to balance multicore processing with single-thread performance. With new AVX-512 vector instructions and a new cache architecture, the processor handles even more data — even more quickly. Which means you can render images, edit up to 8K video, manipulate photos, create real-time audio effects, or compile your next five-star app — all at lightning speed.
It is unlikely that Apple will switch to an OLED display for the new iMac, as the technology is still plagued by issues like burn-in and color distortions. Although it did appear on the iPhone X, OLED supposedly isn’t being considered as an iMac candidate at this point.
It is possible that Apple may integrate its FaceID technology into the iMac’s FaceTime camera as a means of securing it. This could potentially enable musicians to control virtual musical instruments using facial expressions.
Processor, RAM and storage
With hexa-core options available for Intel’s current-gen i5 and i7 Coffee Lake processors, it is likely that Apple will look into expanding its mid- and top-range iMac models beyond quad-core processing. However, the entry-level iMac will most likely remain a quad-core machine. Processor speeds of up to 4.7GHz are achievable via Intel’s TurboBoost technology in the high-end Core i7. The high-end Core i5 will operate at up to 4.3GHz. Graphics will be (probably) handled by an AMD Vega GPU, rumoured to be the Vega 28 or Vega 32. A new Vega RX GPU, designed for gaming, could find its way into the configuration.
RAM memory should start at 8GB for the base model, upgradeable to up to 64GB. Storage is in question, as it is unclear whether Apple will be dealing away with hard disks in favor of solid-state drives.
iMac 2018 Price
Apple is expected to retain current pricing, or make it slightly higher. This depends on the ex
tent of hardware and design changes introduced with the 2018 iMac.
iMac 2018 Release Date
Last year, Apple announced the 2017 iMac on June 5 at its annual WWDC event. It’s possible t
hat the same will happen with the 2018 version, although Apple may wait until September or October. There are rumors that the company is redesigning its flagship desktop computer as the aluminium concept it introduced back in 2007 is over 10 years old now. Together with possible shortages of Intel Coffee Lake CPUs during the first quarter of 2018, it could happen that Apple takes longer than a year to update the 2017 iMac.
All in all, it looks like we are in for something interesting happening to the iMac this year. Design changes, new processors and faster storage are welcome upgrades for all music producers. With hexa-core processors and ample memory, these machines ought to do an excellent job crunching synths, reverbs, and
other processor-intensive tasks.
sources: www.gearnews.com and www.apple.com