Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'

Yesterday, Apple announced at its WWDC 2017 keynote address event that it would update the MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

Slated for December, the iMac Pro's specifications start at an eight core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of ECC memory, a 1TB solid state drive and a graphics card featuring AMD's upcoming Vega architecture; a 27in Retina display running a 5K resolution tops off the spec list. 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 latest iMac highlights Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz along with the Turbo Increase to 4.5GH.

Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups have received an update to Intel's latest 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs and although it is just a minor update from previously available 6th generation Skylake CPUs, the new CPUs will surely benefit from a higher frequency and better GPU, which offers full hardware 10-bit HEVC encode/decode.

The 27.5-inch Retina iMac starting price is unchanged at Rs. 1,48,900, while the two higher-end configurations are expensive by Rs. 1,000 each at Rs. 1,65,900, and Rs. 1,89,900 respectively.

Among these outputs is Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), of which the iMac Pro has four ports.

Graphics on iMac are more powerful across the line with the new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics with up to 8GB of vRAM. The 21.5-inch model delivers up to three times faster performance, and the 27-inch model is up to 50 percent faster, as per company's claim. Apple has declared that the new iMac will available to start to buy on Monday through, and it will be available in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday. The desktop will run macOS High Sierra, launching this fall.

A iMac Pro is Apple's most powerful iMac yet.

The Cupertino-based tech giant last released a new version of the ultra-thin laptop device in March 2015 but discontinued its 11-inch model in October 2016. Apple also introduced its workstation-grade iMac Pro. "This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time", said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering.

According to Apple, the new twin-blower thermal redesign offers an 80 percent boost in thermal capacity compared with previous-generation iMac models. The iMac Pro will come with a new AMD Radeon Pro Vega discrete graphics cards with up to 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) memory. All MacBook Pro models have been updated with Intel Kaby Lake chips.

Together with the rest of the system, Apple suggests the iMac Pro should hit 22 teraflops, or what you should identify as "very bloody fast".

The iMac Pro is scheduled to launch in December, with a United States retail price starting at $4,999 - which, given the current exchange rate and Value-Added Tax, will work out to £4,999 in the UK.

And if that's not enough, the iMac Pro will feature 10Gb Ethernet, a first for a Mac, and hard to find on a desktop as it is.

  • Carolyn Briggs