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Apple gives iMac Pro lineup a stealth update with a more speedy base model

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What you need to know

  • Apple has tweaked the iMac Pro lineup to give the $4,999 model more grunt.
  • The previous 8-core Xeon chip is no more, with the 10-core part taking its place.
  • The move differentiates the iMac and iMac Pro somewhat.

While everyone was checking out the newly refreshed iMac, Apple was also tweaking its iMac Pro lineup slightly in an attempt to further differentiate it from the standard model. Now, the $4,999 iMac Pro (opens in new tab) ships with a 10-core Xeon processor for the first time.

That replaces the previous base model that had just the eight cores, something that posed a problem for Apple, as Jason Snell of Six Colors points out. Namely, the high-end iMac was a little too fast and the low-end iMac Pro was a little too slow.

Last year's iMacs already pushed up against the performance of the iMac Pro, and these will undoubtedly beat it—especially that 10-core model. In an acknowledgement of this, Apple has rejiggered the iMac Pro line, dropping the old base eight-core model and moving the 10-core model to the base price. So now the iMac line ends at 10 cores and the iMac Pro line begins there.

However, that's where the changes begin and end. Anyone hoping for a redesigned iMac Pro is going to have to wait, potentially until Apple has its own silicon ready to power it.

The iMac itself is expected to get a big redesign at the same time it ditches Intel's chips, by the way.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.