Apple announces new Kaby Lake iMacs

On stage during the keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has surely announced internal upgrades for its long-standing iMac lineup.

"With major updates to iMac, and a refresh of our MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, the Mac is stronger than ever", John Ternus, Apple's vice president of hardware engineering, said in a statement. "We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love - iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it".

Each and every iMac will now also ship with Intel's latest seventh generation "Kaby Lake" processors. With an all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design, iMac Pro delivers up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same thin and seamless iMac design.

Apple isn't completely reinventing the wheel here, and is using its 27 inch Retina 5K display for the screen, really changing and shaking up what goes behind that display. The prices remain largely the same across the board, aside from a newly-cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,299.

Graphics are driven by the new AMD Radeon Vega GPU with up to 16 GB of on-package HBM2 memory and performance of up to 11 teraflops (single precision).

And if that's not enough, the iMac Pro will feature 10Gb Ethernet, a first for a Mac, and hard to find on a desktop as it is. The I/O of the iMac Pro is definitely worth drooling over. An 3-ink keyboard is most likely to be seen on the next generation of MacBook, while an external Magic keyboard will be available for purchase separately.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984.

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  • Arturo Norris