Early 18-core iMac Pro orders now shipping to US customers, 14-core model still absent

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Apple is now shipping three out of four of its major sub-groups of iMac Pro models, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

AppleInsider has confirmed with its sources not authorized to speak on behalf of the company that "a small number of early orders have shipped to U.S. customers." No information was available about international orders, but our sources assumed that they would also be shipping shortly.

Our sources have also confirmed that the 14-core model is not shipping as of yet, and no timetable was offered to us.

The confirmation comes on the heels of MacRumors readers noting early on Wednesday they were receiving shipping notifications for the machines. This has happened once before in the beginning of January, but the emails from Apple at the time were sent in error.

The machine, intended for high-end demands, has a base configuration with an eight-core processor running at 3.2 gigahertz, 32 gigabytes of ECC DDR4 2666 RAM, a Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, and 1 terabyte of flash storage. Configurations shipping in 2017 included the 8- and 10-core models, up to 4TB of storage on either configuration, either the Vega 56 with 8GB of RAM or the Vega 64 GPU with 16GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of RAM.

Connectivity is provided by a SD card slot with UHS-II support, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10-Gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 3.0 type A ports, and a headphone jack.

The display is 5K, with Apple's Wide Color display that spans the DCI-P3 gamut. Resolution is 5120 by 2880 with 500 nits of brightness.

A 18-core iMac Pro model starts at around $7,400, and escalates rapidly, depending on configuration. A maxed-out 18-core iMac Pro costs $13,199.

The unit ships in Space Gray, with matching Lightning cable to charge the included Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, and Magic Mouse 2. A Space Gray Magic Trackpad 2 is available for sale in conjunction with the unit.

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