Apple Announces New iMac Pro, Arrives This December

Elizabeth Williams
June 7, 2017

When Apple unveiled its slimmer, trimmer MacBook Pros last October, we had to wonder whether the company's goals for those notebooks ended up out-of-sync with Intel's product cycle.

In April, Apple executives met with the press in a rare session where they apologized for misreading the needs of their professional users. The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,300 with function keys, or $1800 with the touch bar. Apple's 15-inch Pro is getting faster standard graphics, and an upgraded entry-level 13-inch Pro will retail for $1,299, sans Touch Bar, of course. The new iMacs now have the power to edit 360° video in apps like Final Cut Pro and create cutting-edge 3D VR content. And with a new space grey enclosure and gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display with support for 1 billion colours, iMac Pro is as stunning as it is powerful.

The new processors are from Intel's Kaby Lake family, and some of them have been available for the better part of a year. Apple has even updated the 13 inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.

Why the slightly larger screen?

Who needs a Mac Pro when an iMac offers better performance and an fantastic screen? This will not only make the most of the GPUs Macs ship with, a $600 developer kit including an AMD Radeon RX580, external GPU chassis and USB-C port is to be made available to support using Metal and Thunderbolt to integrate external GPUs. Apple's back today folks, and the iMacs get some serious overhauls. Its Mac Pro was the only device to offer a plausible graphics solution, and that platform's update cycle has lagged far behind other hardware. And positioned above its display, it also has a 1080p FaceTime camera-because who says you won't also want to videochat on this machine.

Speaking of virtual and augmented realities, WWDC 2017 provided yet another opportunity for yours truly to don a pair of VR goggles to look silly in. The CPU is now 30% faster while its graphics is 40% faster You could check out more about the new iPad Pro here.

That's me being a bit claustro, so maybe I'll just stick to AR games for now. The announcement also touts the GPU's half-precision computation abilities for machine learning, which doubles the compute power to 22 teraflops.

We'll see how the iMac Pro performs (and how much it'll cost in New Zealand) by December, which is a long time to wait.

Apple really managed to surprise its fans with a number of new gadgets and software updates at the WWDC 2017. The smaller 21.5” iMac gets Radeon Pro 555 or 560 with up to 4GB VRAM.

There's an Apple A8 chip inside the HomePod to handle all the audio processing and privacy protection that Siri is vaunted for. The company's Mac revenue fell previous year, and while well received by many consumers, recent MacBook Pros have been criticized by some longtime Mac loyalists and creative professionals for not meeting some of their needs.

More details are expected to be announced by Apple starting Monday, June 5, until the end of the event on Friday, June 9.

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