By: William Sikkens
Host, User Friendly 2.0 Saturday’s at 5:00 p.m.

If you were hoping to buy an iMac Pro for some serious work, you’d better do so quickly.   9to5Mac reports that Apple is ending sales of its all-in-one workstation.  You can still buy one, but it’s limited to the base 10-core Xeon configuration and only available “while supplies last.”  It’s also taking almost 4 weeks to get your order.

Apple feels that most pro customers will want the high-end 2020 iMac.   It includes updated graphics, a solid state drive, and up to 128 GB of RAM.  Anyone who needs more can always buy a Mac Pro tower.  These towers start at $5999.00.

According to Endgaget it’s not clear if or when there will be a replacement, but they wouldn’t bet on it. The iMac Pro was introduced in late 2017 as an effective stopgap system while high-end customers waited for a redesigned Mac Pro. While Apple did bump up the base spec from an eight-core CPU to 10, it never updated the hardware beyond that.  However much Intel’s sluggish Xeon update schedule played a role, it was also evident Apple threw most of its weight behind the Mac Pro. This iMac was mostly useful for pro users who needed a relatively easy-to-transport machine for tasks like on-set photo and video editing.

As it stands, the iMac Pro faced an uncertain future. Apple’s transition to an in-house processor was bound to prompt a rethink of the company’s pro system strategy.  Rumors have swirled of future iMacs with up to 16 high-speed cores, not to mention a mini Mac Pro desktop.  If true, there wouldn’t be much point to a new iMac Pro when other systems could do the job at least as well.  Don’t mourn the iMac Pro too much because its successors may be more than capable of filling the gap.

William (Bill) Sikkens has been an on-air technology expert since 2014. With an expertise in I.T., cyber security and software design he has had more than 20 years’ experience with advanced technology. Sikkens conceptualizes and designs custom applications for many professional industries from health care to banking and has the ability to explain the details in a way all can understand.  Article edited by Gretchen Winkler, who along with Jeremy Winkler are the co-hosts of User Friendly 2.0 here on The Answer Saturday’s at 5:00 p.m.

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