Check out the first new iPad Pro promo video

Elizabeth Williams
June 8, 2017

Wired reports that Apple has managed to increase the smaller iPad Pro's 9.7ins display to a 10.5ins screen, while retaining "almost exactly the same physical dimensions" as the outgoing model. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $38.74 a month for 24 months; 0% April, on Verizon device payment ($829.99 with a 2-yr contract, $929.99 full retail).

The company also announced an update to its 27-inch iMac model. Apple's not come up with a touch screen or a new peripheral to make users more productive.

The model names give you a general idea of what you're buying, but getting a thorough answer to the question of worth requires a closer look at the specs from the 2015 and 2017 models. Apple said the changes make the Mac "stronger than ever".

The MacBook Air also got a minor update, but surprisingly, still uses Intel's 5th generation Broadwell CPU. The 15-inch MacBook Pro will feature standard discrete graphics with more video memory.

Lastly, The 12-inch Macbook which also got the Kaby Lake processors and 50 percent faster SSDs is priced at Rs 1,09,900 for the 256GB SSD variant and Rs 1,34,900 for the 512GB SSD model. £1,249 will get you a 2.3GHz processor and 128GB of storage, with a 2.5GHz i7 processor also available for those who need some serious grunt from their laptop.

The new iPad Pros - which we'll refer to as the iPad Pro 2 10.5 and Pro 2 12.9 from here on in - are similar in price to the tablets they're replaced.

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The iMac Pro features a 5K display and, thanks to the added muscle under the hood, can support two additional 5K displays, something Apple says it has never offered before. It is powerful enough to be a main computer for any pro for years.

You have to see it to appreciate the very high resolution Retina 5K screen which can display over a billion hues, and which can show a 4K video with the editing controls on the same display. To be clear, there are three iMac base models: a non-Retina 25-inch iMac ($1,099+), a 4k Retina iMac ($1,299+), and a 5k Retina 27-inch iMac ($1,799).

AMD has announced a new family of workstation-targeted graphics processors, the Polaris-based Radeon Pro 500 series, even as its customer Apple promises to begin shipping machines with next-generation Vega replacements by December.

The company kicked off its software announcements by unveiling a new version of its MacOS computer operating system that's called High Sierra.

To see how what the Radeon Pro 570 could handle, I set the iMac display to the highest possible 3200 by 1800 pixel (you can go higher with a third party utility) and the Unigine Valley benchmark to Ultra high quality and 8 times anti-aliasing.

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