IMac Pro: Apple launches powerful new desktop - starting at $4999

Featuring a new, next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an unbelievable 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

Fusion drives-which include both SSD and spinning disk-will be standard on all new 27-inch configurations, and the SSD will be up to 50 percent faster, Apple said.

Apple announced updates to the MacBook Pro lineup in June 2017, building on the new design introduced in October 2016.

A 5K display, with the ability to power two more 5K displays simultaneously. Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports have been added to the back of the machines.

There's also a new £1,249 13-inch MacBook Pro variant. Apple also says the CPU upgrade allows the MacBook to address twice the maximum amount of memory compared to older models.

IMac Pro: Apple launches powerful new desktop - starting at $4999

Apple reiterated it will make a new "completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display".

The iMac Pro comes in Space Gray coloring with accompanying Space Gray accessories, and while some had hoped those accessories would be sold separately, Apple has since informed us that won't be the case... Apple said it had to rethink the thermal architecture in order to get the more powerful processors into the current body. The announcement also touts the GPU's half-precision computation abilities for machine learning, which doubles the compute power to 22 teraflops. The (comparatively) dinky Mac can have up to 32GB RAM, backed by the Radeon Pro 560 graphics card. The iMac Pro brings the workstation-class performance of the cylindrical Mac Pro to the 27-inch iMac form-factor, complete with a 5K display.

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz.

The iPhone remains Apple's most important product by far, but the company needs a range of devices to keep consumers locked into its profitable and growing ecosystem of services and apps.

  • Arturo Norris