Apple updated iMac and MacBook series with latest platforms; introduces iMac Pro

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, the company introduced a new category of the iMac lineup: the iMac Pro.

In terms of visual performance, the entry-level 21.5-inch model will come with Intel Iris Plus 640 GPU, while the 21.5-inch 4K Retina display model will feature Radeon Pro 555 and 560 graphics cards with up to 4GB of VRAM.

The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation.

The company also announced an update to its 27-inch iMac model. 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. "We're also increasing CPU and SSD speed on MacBook, adding faster processors and making faster graphics standard on our 15-inch MacBook Pro and introducing a new S$1,898 13-inch MacBook Pro". The new iMac Pro is touted as "an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows". It is, of course, an AiO and it is based around a chassis holding a 27-inch Retina 5K display. So far there is no word on global pricing, and no indication of what the most powerful iteration of the device - with 18-core Xeon processors, a Radeon Pro Vega GPU with 16GB of VRAM and a 4TB SSD hard drive - will cost. It carries up to twice the memory as the past generation. "We re-engineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love". Weighing just two pounds and measuring 13.1mm thin, MacBook is termed as Apple's "thinnest and lightest notebook for all-day, on-the-go computing".

For regular folks who don't need a computer that can handle artificial intelligence research, the iMac, MacBook and MacBook Pro have all been brought up to date with new Intel Kaby Lake processors. This new range of iMacs include an iMac 21.5-inch standard variant, a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, and a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

Talking about the new MacBook, it enables support for up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 along with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz. All this processing power jargon will ensure users can run advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering at their fingertips.

One of the keys to the iMac Pro's architecture is an 80 percent improvement in cooling capacity. Now also included with it is discrete graphics and more video memory. Notably, the new iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December this year with a starting price tag of $4,999 (US).

The crowd at the San Jose Convention Center in California was the first to meet "the fastest and most powerful Mac ever", aimed at content creators and hardcore developers.

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

  • Arturo Norris