Apple’s new high-end 27-inch iMac is more ‘pro’ than the iMac Pro

With Apple’s update to the 27-inch iMac this week, the upgrade decisions take by the company “make it look as if the iMac Pro is on the way out,” AppleInsider’s William Gallagher writes.

Now featuring faster processors up to 10 cores, the 27-inch iMac provides pro-level performance across a wide range of needs
“Now featuring faster processors up to 10 cores, the 27-inch iMac provides pro-level performance across a wide range of needs.” – Apple Inc.

The new 27-inch iMac features faster Intel processors up to 10 cores, double the memory capacity, next-generation AMD graphics, superfast SSDs across the line with four times the storage capacity, a new nano-texture glass option for the Retina 5K display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, higher fidelity speakers, and studio-quality mics.

William Gallagher for AppleInsider:

One of the most significant updates in the new 27-inch iMac, for instance, is that option to have a nano-texture screen. That’s Apple’s anti-reflective technology for cutting down glare while maintaining display quality. and it was previously only available as a $1,000 addition to the Pro Display XDR.

That display is clearly only ever going to be bought by the most pro of pro users and the nano-texture is marketed as an extra option even for them. It’s about making a display as precise and clear as Apple can make it, and as pro users would want it.

So it’s a pro feature, but it’s been brought to the iMac and it has not been brought to the iMac Pro. Not even as an option…

The top end iMac Pro still provides more than the iMac can. But the Mac Pro certainly has more options and all of them are more powerful than the iMac Pro.

Consequently, while there is a sizeable gap between the iMac and the Mac Pro, it looks increasingly as if the growing iMac performance and the greater capability of the Mac Pro mean there’s little need for a machine in the middle.

MacDailyNews Take: The iMac Pro looks more like a stopgap measure to tide pro Mac users over until the new Mac Pro was ready.

Now featuring faster processors up to 10 cores, the 27-inch iMac provides pro-level performance across a wide range of needs. – Apple Inc.


  1. I wonder if they don’t want to up the performance of the iMac Pro in proportion to the standard IMac upgrade, because as and when the Apple silicon powers the iMac generally they want it to look as positive by comparison as possible in terms of power. In that respect this is the perfect positive spin way to do it by making the standard IMac on paper more powerful than the iMac Pro giving a great power/price point and giving a positive bonus to consumers and pro users alike, while leaving the Pro version to subsequently fade from the picture with its job done, while minimising any negativity from its adherents who might have hoped normally for a significant upgrade to it. It also keeps it ticking over for now, just as they did with the Air products for so long, in case they wish to reuse/repurpose it later in some way. Best of all worlds from Apples point of view.

  2. This older design is fine with me. The thick bezels mean nothing to me. I think this is a nice upgrade. However… I want to see what Apple can deliver with an Apple Silicon iMac. I can’t imagine it being much better than this Intel iMac, but who knows for certain. This Intel iMac at the high-end has more processing power than I’ll ever need for my day-to-day tasks, so I’m waiting for an Apple Silicon iMac that can run iOS apps even if it isn’t as powerful as a high-end Intel Mac. I already have Macs that run Windows 10 using VMWare Fusion Pro and that’s more than enough for me. Considering all the restraints Intel Corp. put on Apple, Apple has done a fine job over the years for me.

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