Apple's new iMac computers get a big horsepower boost

In addition to updated iMacs, MacBooks, and MacBook Pros, today at Apple's WWDC conference the company unveiled its new high-end workstation called the iMac Pro, featuring the same all-in-one design, but packed with enough power to make this the most powerful Mac computer to date, claims Apple.

The 21.5-inch model starts at $1,099, while the 4K version starts at $1,299. Paired with Apple's new Metal 2 engine for graphics, the new Macs are Apple's most powerful yet.

Other improvements to the iMac line include displays with 10-bit color support (through dithering) and 500-nit maximum brightness ratings. The MacBook too has received Kaby Lake processors, 50 percent faster SSDs, and the same keyboard that shipped in the MacBook Pros previous year. Accordingly, all GPUs utilized in the MacBook Pro and new iMac feature AMD's "asynchronous compute technology, updated shader engines, enhanced memory compression and new geometry capabilities". Core i7 clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost to up to 4.0GHz for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Core i7 clocked at 3.1Ghz with Turbo Boost to up to 4.1Ghz for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The standard Apple iMac 21.5 inch now comes with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 with 64GB MB eDRAM.

With thin and light designs, powerful performance, incredible displays and all-day battery life, Mac notebooks deliver the world's best portable computing experience.* MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory. Apple says the new iMac Pro is "the most powerful Mac ever", designed for the most demanding workflows. All MacBook Pro models have been updated with Intel Kaby Lake chips. "Apple is also taking this opportunity to add its Fusion Drive hybrid storage system to all 27-inch iMacs, and the highest-end 21.5" iMac will also benefit from that upgrade. Additionally, the 27-inch model will cost you $1,799 for the base model and goes up from there. While nothing drastic is likely, there have been rumors that Apple later today will announce some nice spec bumps to its flagship notebook. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.

  • Zachary Reyes