Apple Unveils New IMac Pro
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 11:23
At its developer conference in San Jose, California, Apple unveiled new iMac desktop computers with brighter displays and faster Kaby Lake chips from Intel Corp. and more powerful graphics processing for virtual reality applications.
Apple 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. Does any of these new MacBook models seem attractive enough to warrant a purchase, or are the upgrades not good enough? It is not clear when the new Macs will go on sale on India, but given that the pricing is out, these should be hitting the stores soon. Here's a quick look.
The MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook will now come with Intel Kaby Lake processor. Apple also offers a Space Gray color on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The Intel's Iris Plus Graphics 540 and 550 have been replaced with the Intel's Iris Plus Graphic 640 and 650. To that end Apple announced upgrades to almost every single product in its computer line up, and thoroughly fucked over every single person who bought a MacBook Pro back in November. Clock speeds are rated at up to 4.2GHz depending on model with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 4.5GHz. This one has 512GB SSD, Force Touch trackpad and 8GB RAM. The base model 21.5-inch iMac will start at $1099, while the 4K model has been dropped to $1,299. Then new MacBook Pro comes with 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, and supports Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. However, there is also the option of AMD Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of VRAM or Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of VRAM. The MacBook Pro gets desktop-focused Kaby Lake CPUs with higher base clock speeds of up to 3.5GHz.
Apple's MacBook 2017 with a 12-inch LED-backlit Retina display gets a starting price of Rs 109,900 in India. With the new SSD integration, the new models will be 50% faster than the previous models. This iMac comes with Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse.
New iMac models will be available for order this week, start June 7th. This is almost Rs 20,000 more than than the $1299 pricing at which it has been launched in the US.
I had time to run a few benchmarks on the iMac; first, Geekbench 4.0 reported that the Core i5 processor in the iMac scored 4845 in the single-core test, and 14098 in the multi-core one.
With Fusion Drive, the apps and files you use the most are automatically stored on fast flash storage, while everything else moves to a high-capacity hard drive. This includes the addition of Apple's Retina 4K display to its 21.5-inch iMac, a change that sees the relatively compact device match its 5K 27-inch relation for pixel density.