WWDC 2017: Apple iMac Pro, worth the $4999

by Edgar Hayes June 8, 2017, 1:37

There was a cache of news from the San Jose Convention Center conference, including the introduction of a new, 10.5-inch iPad Pro; a new MacOs, dubbed High Sierra; a HomePod speaker that will compete with Amazone Echo and Google Home; new iMac desktop PCs; and others.

That said, it's suggested that Apple plans to introduce a major industrial design overhaul for its all-in-one iMac brand in 2018, according to that same Reddit thread.

The iMac Pro is classic Apple.

No matter; for this particular iMac, the magic is in just what Apple's engineers have managed to squeeze in.

The new Mac Pro is obviously the most powerful computer Apple has ever released and has more to offer than anything they've previously had.

Availability on the new iMacs is immediate, at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,799 for the 21.5-inch model, 4K 21.5-inch, and 27-inch 5K base models, respectively. Cook is aiming to double services revenue, which also includes products like iCloud and Apple Music, to around $50 billion by 2020.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup will get faster Kaby Lake processors. Again, while this will improve on the integrated graphics and AMD Radeon R9 M380, M385, and M390s found in the current iMacs, it's probably meant more for VR specifically than for gaming generally.

With thin and light designs, powerful performance, wonderful displays and all-day battery life, Mac notebooks deliver the world's best portable computing experience.* MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.

The executive said Apple chose to go "really nutty" by offering the iMac Pro with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 10-core Xeon processor, or an 18-core Xeon processor. "Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before". Other features include a 27-inch 5K display, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10GB Ethernet.

Meanwhile the 12-inch Macbook has faster hard drives and now supports up to 16GB of memory, while the 13-inch Pro has a new entry-level model that comes in at $1899.

With minimal side bezels, it offers a 20% larger screen view than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. They are going to need that cooling too, the iMac Pro starts at an 8 core Xeon processor and goes all the way to a configuration that supports up to an 18 core Xeon processor.

The new software also contains a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode, which Apple says will help prevent iPhones distracting those behind the wheel, and a new "Files" app that resembles a traditional computer file system for viewing and organising documents.

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