Apple introduced a powerful iMac Pro

Well, what's one more iPad Pro between friends? Apple did not specify if these have been updated, either. Tech Crunch pointed out that Apple did introduce a thinner MacBook Pro though it was still an expensive choice.

At today's WWDC event in San Jose, California, Apple announced incremental updates to its iMac and MacBook Pro lineup. This narrative can arguably be traced back to the company's 2013 Mac Pro design and only picked up steam following the release of Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.

The iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. This is an officially "VR Ready" card, and Apple is offering the box for VR developers. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro will also be powered by an Intel i7 chip chugging along at over 3.1 Ghz. The 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display meanwhile will use discreet Radeon Pro 555 and 560 GPU processors, which are 3 times faster than the previous generation.

There's even a badge of honor for those willing to dish out five thousand or more for a computer, as only iMac Pro buyers will get the space gray set of accessories, including Magic Mouse, Trackpad, and Keyboard.

He also added that we have thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro.

The 27-inch version of the new iMac starts the conversation at a cool $1,799 (£1,749, AU$2,699), again with two additional options for stronger discrete graphics, more processor clock speed and more storage. The highlight of the show is that Apple is now using Intel's Kaby Lake processors.

Apple has just announced their new all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, and boy does it have some hefty specs.

A desktop experience that draws you in and keeps you there.

It also paves the way for augmented reality (AR) to debut on an Apple device, which MacWorld says will allow users to layer 3D objects over real life. The 18-core Xeon sounds super-powerful but this is likely just a big number that sounds impressive during keynotes and in marketing materials.

At any rate, plan ahead - the new Mac Pro design isn't expected until 2018 or perhaps 2019, while the iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December of this year.

The processor have had a bit of a boost too. Though most of the changes were already expected, one other variant got a slight nudge as well - the MacBook Air. But large VFX and animation houses have pretty much standardised on Linux outside of the art department - with medium-sized companies and smaller ones creating high-end work in the likes of Maya or Nuke favouring Linux or Windows (with the same caveat). You can also visit a retail Apple store near you.

The iMac Pro, however, is intended for even a different class of professional.

  • Zachary Reyes