Apple Begins Shipping the Insanely Powerful 18-Core iMac Pro

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Just over six-weeks after pre-orders initially opened up, Apple on Wednesday morning began shipping the first batch of its top-of-the-line 18-core iMac Pro, which should reportedly start showing up on customers’ doorsteps by next Tuesday, February 6, MacRumors confirmed.

According to readers Anthony Berenato, Steve McKinnon, and several others over on the MacRumors iMac Pro discussion forum, Apple allegedly began sending out FedEx shipping notifications on Wednesday.

iMac Pro Specs

Boasting a trove of advanced features and industry firsts, including a powerful Intel Xeon CPU, super-fast ECC RAM, Apple’s T2 chip and more, the iMac Pro was released back in December to much fan-fare.

It’s truly a special — and especially powerful — all-in-one Mac computer, which the company designed to court professionals with demanding workflows, who require maximum precision, speed, and fluidity to conduct their work.

While a base-model iMac Pro with Intel’s 3.2GHz 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of super-fast ECC memory, a 1TB SSD and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB memory will set you back a cool $4,999 — the model we’re talking about today is of the highly-upgraded configuration boasting Intel’s 2.3GHz 18-Core Xeon CPU, as much as 128GB of ECC memory, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with as much as 16GB of memory.

Here in the U.S., said configuration starts out at the base-price of $7,399, and goes all the way up to $13,199 for the ‘maxed-out’ model boasting an 18-core Xeon processor, 4TB of SSD storage, 128GB of ECC RAM, and AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16GB of HBM2 memory.

Worth noting is that back when the 18-core iMac Pro configuration first went up for pre-order on Apple’s website, the company quoted shipping estimates of 6-8 weeks; based on today’s notifications, that would put the first deliveries slightly ahead of their anticipated mid-February rollout.

Yes, some 18-core iMac Pro buyers were notified last month that their machines would be shipping by early January — however Apple was quick to notify customers of their false alarm in a follow-up email. Though, it seems today’s shipping updates are in fact the real deal.

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