“According to the BridgeOS 2.0 software package from Apple, the latest iMac could feature an ARM co-processor in the form of an A10 Fusion chip”
Apple unveiled a trio of iPhones this year however, the company still has more product launches up its sleeve. At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple teased a high-end desktop which will hit the stores in December dubbed the iMac Pro. The latest iMac will be the company’s most powerful desktop offering yet and recently, some new information regarding the desktop has leaked, giving more insight into its specifications.
Confirmed: “Hey, Siri” is coming to the Mac pic.twitter.com/Dw9bRAzbxD— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) November 18, 2017
According to the BridgeOS 2.0 software package from Apple, the latest iMac could feature an ARM co-processor in the form of an A10 Fusion chip. If true, it would mark the first time Apple has opted for an A-series co-processor to power its iMac. While it’s anyone’s guess what the co-processor will be programmed for, it is speculated that Apple could use the chip to enable support for “Hey Siri” functionality even when the iMac Pro is turned off. The theory was further solidified by Twitter user Guilherme Rambo, who shared the boot chime as well as the procedure to set up “Hey Siri” on the latest iMac Pro. Previously, Apple utilised the T1 co-processor for the MacBook Pro which was tasked with handling the Touchbar and Touch ID on the 2017 model.
The iMac Pro can be configured with up to an 18-core Xeon processor which can be clocked up to 4.5GHz. The workstation comes with a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with either 8GB or 16GB of memory bandwidth and is said to be almost three times faster than any previous iMac GPU. The iMac Pro can be configured with up to 128GB of DDR4 ECC RAM which has been clocked at a whopping 2,666MHz. Lastly, for storage, buyers have the option of configuring the machine with up to a 4TB SSD which offers a throughput of 3GB/sec. As for the pricing, the iMac Pro starts at $4,999 (~Rs 3,25,125) and will reportedly hit the stores this December.