New iMacs bring better screens, powerful processors and graphics, and USB-C
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 1:50
Featuring a new next-generation computer 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.
The 21.5-inch iMac will start at $1,100 and the 4K 21.5-inch model will be available at $1,300.
The iMac Pro wasn't the only computer announced during the show. All Apple desktops and laptops will now use Intel's latest Kaby Lake CPUs, they'll support faster hard drives and GPUs, and they're now slightly cheaper than they were before. Connectivity wise the most powerful iMac so far would come with three Thunderbolt 3 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
It includes a super-sharp 5K display. The discrete graphics will also be updated; the 2017 MacBook will have a 2GB Radeon Pro 555 or a 4GB Radeon Pro 560 replacing the 2GB Radeon Pro 450/455 or 4GB Radeon Pro 460 on its predecessor.
With thin and light designs, powerful performance, wonderful displays and all-day battery life, Mac notebooks deliver the world's best portable computing experience.* MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory.
There's also a new £1,249 13-inch MacBook Pro variant.
Still, my discomfort is also good news for Apple fans, because there's an terrible lot to go through.
"The 27" iMac will give buyers a choice of the Radeon Pro 570, Radeon Pro 575, and Radeon Pro 580 graphics processors with up to 8GB of RAM.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a Kaby Lake processor with up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, and the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro will be fueled by up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz.
Apple, only recently, gave its marquee desktop machine, aka the Mac Pro a minor reshuffle even as fans and critics still await a major revamp to its since 2013.
If your daily tasks involve the most demanding work from your PC or you have an endless amount of cash stashed somewhere, iMac Pro is definitely one of the best options available right now. The MacBook lineup will get faster SSDs, according to John Ternus, Apple's vice president of hardware engineering.
Prices for the 2017 MacBook remain the same as past year, with the starting Intel Core m3 configuration coming in at $1,299 (£1,249, AU$1,899).