The iMac Pro doesn’t appear to be long for this world as the Apple Store on Friday removed all make-to-order setups for the product. The only model currently available for purchase is the base configuration at $ 4,999 and the Apple Store says it’s only available “ while supplies last. ” Certain other SKUs are still available from third-party resellers for the time being.
The iMac Pro was introduced in 2017 to provide more powerful all-in-ones for high-end customers who want Intel Xeon workstation processors. The chassis was identical except for a more efficient cooling system and space gray aluminum finish.
However, it was never clear if the iMac Pro sold well. It sits in a niche segment of the market and much of its place in the spotlight for the pros has been taken by the 2019 Mac Pro Tower.
In addition, it is believed that Apple will soon introduce a whole new line of iMacs, including next-generation Apple silicon processors and GPUs. The performance and efficiency of the M1X chip (or whatever the name is) will likely eliminate the need for Apple to branch off the iMac product line and simply offer competitive compute performance for all iMacs, thus eliminating the separate Pro model.
Supply constraints on some 21.5-inch iMacs also indicate that a new iMac is imminent. Rumor has it that Apple will launch a drastically redesigned iMac with slim bezels and a square design, similar to the styling of the Apple Pro Display XDR. However, the exact launch date of the new iMacs is still unclear. Most reports point to a WWDC-era summer release, but maybe the sudden shutdown of the iMac Pro means the next-gen machines will arrive several months earlier than that.
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