Apple gave us a glimpse of its iMac Pro PC few months ago during the WWDC 2017 but kept most of its features as a secret. Now that the machinery is about to launch in December as announced before, more details have started surfacing online.
According to two developers Johnathan Levin, Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, Apple iMac Pro may feature an ARM coprocessor, which could be a variant of the A10 Fusion processor.
If you are not aware, Apple iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 7 use A10 processor under-the-hood.
This looks like the iMac Pro’s coprocessor (Bridge2,1) will be an A10 Fusion chip with 512MB RAM So first Mac with an A-series chip
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) November 18, 2017
If the claims are true, this would be the first time that an iMac will be using an A-series processor. Developers found this in Apple’s BridgeOS 2.0 software.
One of the developer claims that Apple will have a tighter control on macOS by including the A10 Fusion processor.
Apple A10 Fusion processor in iMac Pro means Siri integration?
Troughton says that including Apple A10 Fusion processor in iMac Pro may also bring Siri integration to PCs. This means users may be able to give ‘Hey Siri’ voice commands to carry out functions. This is confirmed by Guilherme Rambo.
Confirmed: “Hey, Siri” is coming to the Mac pic.twitter.com/Dw9bRAzbxD
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) November 18, 2017
Also, the developer says that the chip may even run if the PC is turned off. Apple including a co-processor in its iMac device was reported a couple of times before.
According to a report by Bloomberg from February this year, the new chip can help in accomplishing light tasks. For now Intel chips carry such tasks in current MacBook models.
What we already know about Apple iMac Pro
Apple has already revealed some details about the forthcoming iMac Pro. It can carry up to 18-core processor and 22 teraflops of GPU. In addition, iMac Pro has a 27-inch Retina 5K display and supports up to 16GB RAM.
The device will be including 4TB SSD and 128GB ECC storage along with 10Gb Ethernet for faster networking.