Apple unveils new iMac Pro, refreshes hardware of current iMacs

Apple shared a number of announcements from the stage of its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote earlier today, many of which centered around expanding both virtual reality and VR development to Mac hardware.

United States chipmaker AMD on Tuesday unveiled a high performance, power-efficient "Radeon Pro 500" series graphics for Apple iMac. The new machines come in configurations of 8-, 10-, or 18-core Xeon processors, with a memory cache of up to 42 MB. For graphics acceleration Apple is equipping the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, claimed to be "the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac". Apple are using the Radeon Pro Vega inside of the new iMac Pro, with 11 TFLOPS of single precision compute performance, and up to 22 TFLOPs of half precision performance. With the revolutionary Touch Bar™ with Touch ID®, gorgeous 500-nit Retina display, Thunderbolt 3 and incredible performance in a portable design, MacBook Pro is the best pro notebook Apple has ever made.

Apple won't be shipping the iMac Pro until December (not 1080 like we originally though), but it will start at just $4999.

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.

The iMac now features Thunderbolt 3 ports and, in most models, dedicated graphics chips. So naturally, it's got some pretty impressive features. The 256GB variant will set you back by Rs. 1,26,900.

If you're looking exclusively for a machine to run your new HTC Vive, the iMac Pro may not be the best place to play. The entire line is moving to the Kaby Lake architecture, with higher memory capacities of 32 GB and 64 GB. The iMac Pro is also equipped with a new space gray enclosure and a 27-inch Retina 5K display with support for one billion colors.

The company also offered a price drop, with the lowest level 4K iMac available starting at $1299. (The top model Radeon Pro 580 is roughly equivalent to an Nvidia 1060) Those new GPUs, along with updates in macOS High Sierra, also means that the new iMacs will support VR.

Apple's 2016 MacBook Pros are getting Intel's Kaby Lake processors and faster solid state drives. The MacBook Air also get a much, much needed upgrade as Apple decides to keep the notebook/tablet hybrid in its lineup.

  • Arturo Norris