Apple Unveils Kaby Lake-Equipped iMacs, $5K iMac Pro at WWDC

The new MacBooks are shipping today. Announcing the changes at WWDC 2017, Apple's Craig Federighi said the update was focused more on refining the previous software, rather than redesigning it. You'll also get faster Intel Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports (which aren't even available on the Mac Pro yet). Seven devices (including MacBook Pros and iMacs) have all had Intel's 7th generation processors added. After all, we don't want demonstrations from angry 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users. It can also be configured to use the Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory. The iMac Pro will be with us later this year, but there's plenty of other Mac news - read on! You can now get up to 32GB RAM on 21.5-inch models and 64GB on 27-inch models, though be prepared to pay through the nose for the experience. Not only has Apple finally, finally upgraded the basic end of the iMac, but you also get a behemoth of the computer in the form of the iMac Pro. But the winning didn't stop for AMD with the iMac Pro, as AMD's new Radeon Pro 500 series graphics cards have made it into Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro refresh. The standard 21.5-inch iMac will run an Iris Plus 640, while a Radeon 550 and 560 will ping away on the 4K, 21.5-inch iMac. The iMac Pro features Intel's Xeon processor lineup. The Touch Bar versions for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 models cost US$1,799 (AU$2,405) and US$2,399 (AU$3,207) respectively.

Apple's Fusion Drive storage system is now standard on all 27-inch iMacs and can be specced on the 21.5-inch models. That is when Apple projects to have support in place for the new iMac with its Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pros coming later this year, and other supporting Macs.

On the mobile Mac side of the aisle, the MacBook's infusion of Kaby Lake lets Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop hold low-power CPUs up to a Core i7 with 1.3 GHz base and 3.6 GHz boost speeds. They also now use 10-bit dithering to deliver up to 1 billion colours, making them more accurate than ever before. UPDATE AGAIN: Apple suggests this device will be available to purchase in December starting at $5,000 Dollars. Landing this December, the iMac Pro is a professional-level desktop machine.

  • Zachary Reyes