Apple unveils new iMac Pro, refreshes hardware of current iMacs

by Edgar Hayes June 7, 2017, 11:54

The good news, then, is that the standard iMac has been given a welcome update.

The 21.5-inch model will come with an Intel Iris Plus 640 GPU, while the 4K 21.5-inch models will feature Radeon Pro 555 and 560 graphics cards.

The iMac Pro is also not short on ports, with it sent to feature four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports and a 10GB Ethernet port, all to aid rapid data transfer and connectivity.

Compared to the equally-priced base model of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, you'll get twice the amount of storage with the same memory capacity (albeit, running at a slower frequency) and a lower-power processor.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a Kaby Lake processor with up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, and the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro will be fueled by up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz.

The popular workhorse amongst Apple users and design crowds now boasts a 27-inch Retina 5K display that's 43% brighter (supporting up to 1 billion colours), up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation.

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the top-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

The 12-inch Retina Display also remains exactly the same, not that we're complaining.

The new MacBook models are available to order through Apple's store now, with retail availability starting on June 7.

The iMac Pro will be available with an 8-core, 10-core or 16-core processor and Radeon Vega graphics. Further, the iMac Pro features a stunning new space grey enclosure that allows incredible performance for virtual reality content creation, advanced graphics editing, and real-time 3D rendering. "For Apple to achieve the title of "World's Thinnest Notebook" they had to compromise on performance and expansion slots". And an all-new thermal design is said to deliver up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same thin and seamless iMac design. It's the most handsome iMac Apple's made, as well as the most powerful Mac ever.

At any rate, plan ahead - the new Mac Pro design isn't expected until 2018 or perhaps 2019, while the iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December of this year.

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