Ultra-powerful iMac Pro revealed, plus faster MacBooks and macOS High Sierra!
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 11:16
The new Apple iMac Pro, claimed to be the most powerful Mac ever, was probably the star of the show.
Apple is bringing Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors to the new iMac, along with what Apple calls "the best Mac display ever", offering 500 nits of brightness, or 43 percent brighter than the previous generation.
The Pro seems to be designed specifically with virtual reality (VR) and heavy graphics rendering workloads in mind, much of which will be powered by the new Radeon Pro Vega GPU. Following that, we saw the introduction of watchOS 4 and a preview of what Apple is planning to deliver with the next iteration of macOS, High Sierra. That includes adding some more ports, an additional USB-C port to be precise.
Availability on the new iMacs is immediate, at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,799 for the 21.5-inch model, 4K 21.5-inch, and 27-inch 5K base models, respectively.
The MacBook Pro as presumed has more serious horsepower though. You can also connect two 5K monitors - for a whopping 44 million pixels total.
The high-end is unlikely to be tempted to move to Apple - they're more interested in replacing powerful desktops with thin clients and datacentres - and the mid-range is also a tricky sell.
From brand new iMacs to revamped iPads, Apple has revamped nearly every personal computer and tablet it has to offer, and also showcased its upcoming operating software for new devices. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced that it also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.
The latest MacBook starts at a price of $1299 while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $2399.
Apple's MacBook 2017 with a 12-inch LED-backlit Retina display gets a starting price of Rs 109,900 in India.
The 2015 5K iMac's ($1,999) Intel Core i5-4590 processor is certainly older now, so there's no question the more recent Kaby Lake CPUs will make a big difference in speed and wait times. This iMac Pro is also coming with up to 128GB ECC memory, up to 4TB of 3GB/s SSD, 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports and built-in 10GB Ethernet. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 while the 12.9-inch will cost $799 for the base models. The company is offering four standard configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and two variants of the 15-inch model. The new iMac Pro has the same basic chassis as the current iMac range. Apple will hope that the iMac Pro will address the concerns of video editors looking to work with 4K or 8K video that need workstation-level power - a market that the company has failed to serve for the last couple of years forcing once Apple-only outfits to switch to alternative operating systems and machines.