Apple New, Faster iMacs & MacBooks Plus macOS High Sierra

At the WWDC 2017, Apple unveiled the updated iMac models along with the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro models. The series of upgrades includes the tech giant's entire MacBook line.

Perhaps I'm just boggled by the number of changes Apple announced in the WWDC keynote, but I couldn't see how to give more context for the changes in relation to previous configurations because the matrix of what models get which build-to-order options was just too complicated. Apparently, that included the iMac Pro. Meanwhile, the 27-inch iMac gets upgraded to Radeon Pro 570/575/580 graphics, which are being touted as ideal for VR content creation. macOS Sierra is getting support for Valve VR and Unreal Engine's VR Editor. Apple has an all-new thermal design under the hood that claims to deliver 80 percent additional cooling capacity in the same thin iMac design. Professional users need roadmaps for planning purposes, and it's beginning to look like Apple is accepting that.

"The latest iMacs start at $1,099 for the 21.5" models and$1,799 for the 27" models. With six big announcements on the docket, Tim Cook began with some tvOS news, announcing that Amazon is finally coming to the Apple TV later this year.

Apple has now revealed more of what that means, pulling back the curtains on the iMac Pro. As evident from its naming scheme, the iMac Pro is a high end product that is aimed at thorough professionals looking for a no-compromise machine. That might make the MacBook a more attractive option, given that lackluster performance was one of its main disadvantages.

The company also gave a sneak peak at the iMac Pro, in a Space Grey finish with workstation-class power, including a Xeon processor, high power graphics card and up to 128GB of RAM, making the new iMac Pro the fastest Mac ever and flawless for VR content creation.

The MacBook Pro was redesigned less than a year ago.

There are two Thunderbolt 3 ports to hook up your iMac to more accessories and external devices.

iMac Pro comes with the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac.

The MacBook Pro.APApple updated every Mac* in its lineup this week, and there are so many models now that it can be confusing to figure out which one you should buy.

Apart from the aforementioned new and updated products, Apple also announced a bunch of software updates for its older and new products. But if you aren't interested in high-end photo editing, there are also some cool tools for editing your Live Photos: you can now turn them into animated loops. The iMacs, however, have user upgradeable memory, so it's ironic that its Pro version wouldn't. How that will fit in with the iMac Pro and its relatively new Radeon Vega, or whether it will be needed at all, is something we'll have to review for ourselves.

  • Carolyn Briggs