Apple Revamps The iMac Pro As Its Most Powerful Workhorse Ever

MacBook Pro also gets upgraded with better graphics and memory.

All of the new MacBooks will also include faster SSDs, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro will feature a faster graphics card. Lastly, the brand has also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.

It's in slate gray, a color that hasn't been used before in the iMac lineup. The all-new iMac Pro will come in new Space Grey enclosure.

The Kaby Lake chips make less of a difference in the new MacBook Pro, which were updated just eight months ago after a year-and-a-half or so of neglect.

"This is by far the most powerful iMac we've ever made", John Ternus, vice president of hardware engineering, said Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.

The iMac Pro is classic Apple.

Who should buy it: If you're just a casual user, get the entry-level iMac with the 21.5-inch standard screen. Dubbed, er, Metal 2, this update is aimed at machine learning and external graphics, Apple claimed, with the firm also announcing that Metal for VR will enable developers to start building VR experiences and use the HTC Vive with the Mac for the first time.

Thanks to an all-new thermal design, as well as an all-flash architecture, the iMac Pro can deliver up to 80% more cooling capacity in the familiar iMac form factor.

iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and it comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

APPLE HAS LAUNCHED a bunch of new Mac hardware at WWDC, including an upcoming iMac packing a "workstation-class" 18-core Intel CPU and AMD Radeon Vega GPU. Featuring a new, next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an fantastic 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

The iMac Pro features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, 8-core Xeon processors (which can scale all the way up to 18 cores) and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation.

The iMac Pro is releasing this December. The 27-inch Retina display is not only 5K, but can also support 1 billion colours when switched on, making it ideal for video and image production. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking.

  • Arturo Norris