Apple’s upcoming March 25 announcement — said to be a much “glitzier” affair than its usual gatherings — has been generating a lot of press, and the company has been clearing the deck for that event by updating its consumer hardware this week. Monday saw upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad Mini on Monday, and an iMac update today brings eight-core 9th-generation Intel processors and AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics options to the all-in-one desktop systems.
The iMac Pro is now available with a high-end option of Vega 64x graphics, which increases performance slightly — from 11 to 12 teraflops (single-precision), and from 400 GB/sec to 512 GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Also new is the option to top out at 256 GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC RAM, compared to a 128 GB ceiling previously. Careful, though — the iMac Pro, fully loaded, will run more than $15,000.
That may make you wonder how much the redesigned Mac Pro might cost; no info is available yet, but a powerfully revamped version of Apple’s flagship pro workstation is widely expected to be revealed, perhaps alongside a 31.6-inch 6K display, later this year.