Apple Releases Faster, Brighter iMac (mid-2017)

But the headline is the 21.5-inch iMac includes a 4K Display for $200 less than the previous generation. All the MacBook Pro will feature Apple's Touch Bar coupled with Touch ID along with 500-nit Retina display and Thunderbolt 3 port.

The model names give you a general idea of what you're buying, but getting a thorough answer to the question of worth requires a closer look at the specs from the 2015 and 2017 models.

"Today iMac gets a massive graphics production increase, faster CPU production, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display along with support for 1 billion colors", said Ternus. The Touch Bar is nice, but not essential or revolutionary, and there's also a model that comes without it. Similarly, the low-end 27-inch model still maxes out at 32 GB, but the two higher-end models can take 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB.

The iMac's design hasn't changed. Plus, Thunderbolt 3 has replaced Thunderbolt 2. Pricing varies by model, configuration and region. They're all available now. That should improve performance, although likely not by that much.

Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro alongside bumping up the processors to the latest generation. It's not as powerful as the MacBook Air, but it can still handle most basic tasks like web browsing, streaming video, and emailing.

The base MacBook (featured with 50% faster SSD) and MacBook PRO 13-starts at $1,300. The 15-inch model has a range of up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. Each falls into the three-dimensional graph of price, performance, and size in a different spot. The support for Face time HD camera, makes the device, even more desirable.

The notebooks are available for shipping today.

iMac Pro - During the private media meeting in which Apple executives confessed to the company's sins with regard to the Mac Pro, mention was made of pro-related announcements about the iMac coming this year.

The goal of the iMac Pro is to provide workstation-class performance within the iMac design. They're less powerful than the processors you can get on the MacBook Pro models.

One other little hardware tweak Apple has introduced here is all the memory across the MacBook Pro line now operates at a 2,133MHz frequency. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.

Before you throw down more than $1,000, the big question is whether or not it's worth upgrading if you already have an iMac.

27 " iMac - Radeon Pro570/575 or 580. "Our customers love iMac Pro is a huge step forward, and there's never been anything like it". There are a lot of configurations, so hang on tight.

But the audience for the iMac Pro won't care.

"Apple cares deeply about the Mac, we have every intention to keep going and investing in the Mac", Schiller told an invite-only group of reporters and influential bloggers in early April.

  • Arturo Norris