Apple announces its 'most powerful' Mac yet: the iMac Pro

At its WWDC Developer conference this year, Apple announced a refresh of its AIO iMac series and MacBook line of notebooks to go with the newly announced High Sierra version of macOS.

Availability on the new iMacs is immediate, at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,799 for the 21.5-inch model, 4K 21.5-inch, and 27-inch 5K base models, respectively. The updated 21.5-inch iMac also features a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics to the $1,299 Dollars 21.5-inch iMac, which is available to order today and in stores Wednesday. Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac. The new all-in-one computers are coming with two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.

Radeon Pro 500 graphics also support GPU acceleration through OpenCL across creative applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop.

Apple says that the new iMac comes with the "best Mac display ever", as it 43 percent brighter at 500 nits and with support for 1 billion colours.

With thin and light designs, powerful performance, wonderful 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 said the iMac Pro is scheduled to begin shipping in December, with prices starting at US$4,999 ($6,675). Apple gives a sneak peak of iMac Pro features and it's just breathtaking. The major highlight of the device will be the next-generation of Intel Xeon processors with up to 18 cores. Apple is continuing to rely on thunderbolt for expansion with additional hardware and accessories.

To handle the heat generated in the latest unit the iMac Pro comes with a completely redesigned architecture which will alleviate thermal demands with 80% better cooling capacity whilst maintaining the same thin and seamless iMac aesthetic. 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.

This means as well as being available in 8, 10 and 18-core configurations with up to 16GB of VRAM, you can also grab up to 4TB SSD storage and 128GB of ECC memory - meaning that both writing and accessing data should be a total breeze.

  • Arturo Norris