Apple Reveals The New iMac Pro - 18-core CPU & 4TB SSD…

Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro 15-inch gets configurable 7th-generation Core i7 chips out of the box. The brand has also introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and has upgraded the entire MacBook lineup with the latest specifications.

Memory configurations start at 32 GB of 2,666 MHz DDR4 ECC RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. With the new processors, the new MacBook Pros can perform at 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost of up to 3.6GHz. This level of performance is provided by 36 Compute Units with 2,304 stream processors, with a level of power operating efficiency that lets them maintain full performance in the confines of today's all-in-one devices like the new Apple iMacs.

The executive said Apple made a decision to go "really nutty" by offering the iMac Pro with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 10-core Xeon processor, or an 18-core Xeon processor.

"Today iMac gets a huge graphics performance increase, faster CPU performance, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display with support for 1 billion colors", said Ternus.

Now the 12-inch MacBook has adopted that improved second-gen butterfly mechanism from the Pro line. In terms of memory, the 21.5-inch model now can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, while for the 27-inch high-end variant, it can be customized with up to 64GB of RAM. Across the board, both machines pack seventh-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 "Kaby Lake" processors.

While there are definitely some reasons to hate the new MacBook Pro design there are also plenty of reasons to buy it - and the latest macOS Sierra updates help with battery life and functionality. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports for super fast data transfer are also standard - and you won't even need any of Apple's infamous dongles because unlike the MacBook line, iMacs still have USB ports. The updated 21.5-inch iMac also features a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics to the $1,299 United States dollars 21.5-inch iMac, which is available to order today and in stores Wednesday. The iMac Pro will come with a new AMD Radeon Pro Vega discrete graphics cards with up to 16GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) memory. Some users may be disappointed by this, and would of liked to have seen Apple incorporate a HDR display into the iMac Pro. Some might still find the MacBook a tad expensive for what it has to offer, especially considering that comparable Windows notebooks with similar specs are more affordable, but Apple has always had a loyal fan base.

Apple was at pains to make it clear that this machine (along with the all new Mac Pro they are working on for 2018) is "designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows" and will be suitable "for advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering". It also doesn't have a "new" label at the top of Apple's Mac page, despite the upgrade.

  • Carolyn Briggs