New MacBook Pro 2017 Range Gets Official

Toby Manning
June 7, 2017

Apart from updating it notebook lineup, Apple earlier today at WWDC 2017 also announced a plethora of updates to its iMac lineup. The MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3GHz Core i7, with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz. Apple also introduced its workstation-grade iMac Pro.

The new updated iMac will feature the new Kaby Lake processors with clock speeds ranging from 4.2 GHz to 4.5 GHz with turbo Boost. All-Flash storage is configurable at up to 4 TB, 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC RAM scales to 128 GB, and two Thunderbolt 3 controllers are built in for accessing external storage and other devices.

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 also gave a sneak peek of its upcoming iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows. The iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).

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Those pining for a highly competent workhorse can finally put down their pitchforks and eye off the latest iMac Pro.

Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows. For graphics, the most of the new iMac models come with AMD's Radeon Pro 500-series graphics (except for the entry level 21.5 inch models that get Intel Iris graphics) with support for up to 8GB of vRAM. Apple said the Radeon Pro Vega GPU will offer high frame rates in VR, real-time 3D rendering, and video effects production. The new machines come in configurations of 8-, 10-, or 18-core Xeon processors, with a memory cache of up to 42 MB. The Radeon Pro 570, meanwhile, offers 28 compute units with 1,792 total stream processors and significantly boosted 217GB/s memory bandwidth for a promised 3.6 T/FLOPS, while the Radeon Pro 575 ups the stakes to 32 compute units for 2,048 stream processors and 4.5 T/FLOPS peak performance.

The iMac Pro is also not short on ports, with it sent to feature four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports and a 10GB Ethernet port, all to aid rapid data transfer and connectivity. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Updates iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro appeared first on Market Exclusive. The upgrades to better processors happened as expected, affecting the 12-, 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 variants.

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