Apple Just Showed Off A Monstrous Pro iMac
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:49
On the MacBook front, Apple announced that its notebook lineup will be getting an upgrade to Kaby Lake processors, as well as SSDs that are 50% faster than the previous versions. Also, you can stick as much as 128GB ECC RAM and 4TB SSD (3GB/s).
The 4K iMac will start at $1,299, and starts shipping today.
All new iMacs also get a pair of new USB-C ports, but Apple is not repeating its MacBook Pro mistake - legacy ports including USB 3.0 remain, so dongles are not needed to use existing peripherals. The high-end 27-inch 5K model is equipped with a Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of RAM - enough horsepower for VR content creation.
Which new Mac will you buy?
The updates are definitely welcome, especially on the MacBook Pro front, so if you've been waiting to snag a new Mac for months, now might be the time. This is what Apple hopes will tide over "Pro" users until its new Mac Pro system comes out next year.
"It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling awesome content creation, gaming and VR experiences", said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. The Radeon Pro 500 series makes use of the critically-acclaimed "Polaris" GPU architecture, delivering the flawless balance of performance and operating efficiency that makes them ideal for All-In-Ones.
Finally, Apple made it official that Amazon Prime Video will be available on Apple TV.
The iMac Pro, which will be available in a sleek and sexy space grey color, has presently only been shown off to the audience. The iMac Pro is created specifically for "power users", which will come with a 5k Retina display and 8-core Intel Xeon processor, with options up to 18-cores. The dedicated graphics card is from AMD's new workstation-class Vega series, which will allow up to 22 teraflops of half-precision floating point performance. Starting at $4,999 with a target availability of December 2017, the new iMac Pro includes four Thunderbolt 3 Ports, a built-in 10 GB Ethernet port, 1080p FaceTime Camera, improved cooling, and up to 18-core Xeon processors.