Apple just updated the iMac - here's what's new

On top of that, as a pleasingly refreshing chaser to the wallet busting iMac Pro, the entry-level MacBook Pro without touchbar now starts at £1,249 - the same price as the MacBook.

All these changes are welcome for anyone in the market for a new iMac.

Apple today said it is updating the iMac line with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, and will provide upgrades to displays, memory, storage, and I/O ports. The iMac Pro is one of the biggest announcements made so far, and it is now the most powerful iMac ever according to the specs alone. This is what Apple is suggesting will be "the most powerful Mac ever". The MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3GHz Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz. All models will be available for sale in the USA starting today. It seems you'll still be getting a very slim, nicely-built chassis with a high-resolution "Retina" display and a lone USB-C port. The Cupertino-based company is pushing it as being able of workstation-class performance and confirming that it's powerful enough to efficiently handle virtual reality creative work, as well as machine learning development.

Apple has a tradition of MacOS updates that swing between new feature oriented and more performance/tune-up releases.

"That iMac pro really is pretty badass", said Tim Cook after the reveal. But what's more important is what's under the hood and the ability to configure what's under the hood. A 1 TB SSD is also standard, with 2 TB and 4 TB SSDs as options. The starting configuration for the iMac Pro will start at $4,999. Apple claimed that a comparable workstation would cost about $7000, without a 5K display.

We knew they're coming.

But the audience for the iMac Pro won't care.

All of the new internals are being brought over to the new MacBook Pro lineup.

  • Arturo Norris