Sunday, March 7, 2021

Apple Discontinues The iMac Pro; Listed As “While Supplies Last” On Website

Apple is discontinuing the production and future sales of its iMac Pro computer. The company recently updated the model’s page on its website, informing customers that the desktop computer is only available “while supplies last” and making the default configuration as the only option for purchase. The ability to custom order it has been removed entirely.

To recap, the iMac Pro model was first introduced in 2017 as a high-end variant, featuring specifications intended for workstation-esque tasks such as video editing and 3D modelling. Its default configuration included a 27-inch Retina 5K display, 3.0GHz 10-core Intel Xeon W processor (boostable to 4.5GHz), 32GB ECC memory, 1TB SSD storage, Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB HBM2 memory, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. This base (and sole) configuration of the desktop computer is currently retailing at RM20,855 on the official Apple website.

The company has confirmed with The Verge that the iMac Pro product line will cease once it has cleared all of its respective stock and supplies, but did not clarify the reason for the model’s discontinuation. It is believed that Apple will undeniably equip upcoming iMac computers with newer and more powerful ARM-based Silicon in-house processors, on top of offering different configurations to customers – therefore, eliminating the need for a separate Pro model.

Additionally, recent rumours suggest that the company will also fully redesign its upcoming all-in-one computer to somewhat resemble the Apple Pro Display XDR companion monitor for the Mac Pro. Unlike the monitor, we really hope the company is not planning to have the new iMac model to be sold separately without a stand.

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