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Elizabeth Williams
June 11, 2017

So much the same.

I'll leave it to you to decide, and the current iMac design is very nice, classic and functional, but I think Apple should've done something to enhance the looks of the computer, as it does with iPhones.

The US technology giant revealed its all-new desktops during its yearly WWDC developers conference and these popular machines are not only getting a massive boost in performance but also a lower price tag. The laptop, like virtually every other system Apple produces, got a component update. Featuring Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs, Radeon Pro 555 & 560 graphics, up to 4GB VRAM, and a significant bump up to 64GB of RAM.

The MacBook now also reaches higher. Storage and memory start with a 1TB, 5,400 rpm spinning drive and 8GB of 2,133MHz RAM, respectively, and can jump to up to 32GB of 2,400MHz RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive or an SSD as capacious as 1TB worth of space.

But a big surprise is that low-voltage Core i5 and Core i7 Intel CPUs are now available as (expensive) add-on options.

The new MacBooks are available online in the Apple Store now.

However, my system, which packs a 3GHz Core m3, is no slouch. About 7-inches tall and powered by the A8 chip, the Homepod is likely to provide stiff competition to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home speakers. Apple claims it's the most powerful computer it has ever made.

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The iMacs also now come equipped with either a discrete Radeon 500-series GPU (555 or 560) or Intel's new Iris Pro Graphics 640 integrated card. The standard MacBook is probably the best looking laptop on the market and perfectly portable. The softness of the original keystrokes is replaced by a much firmer response. This is exactly the type of functionality that might make stylus sceptics reconsider the Pencil. All that power will set you back, however. While the new 10.5 version offers a larger screen, it's the same dimensions as the 9.7, thanks to a smaller bezel in the 2017 model.

The results shown off by an Apple partner looked like an incredible blending of the real world and an animated video game fantasy. In the brief amount of time I spent with the device, I didn't run into any instances of slowdown and this isn't something I was able to say about the previous iteration.

Performance is hard to judge without running benchmarks and because the Surface Pro has a number of different configurations.

Aside from components and the keyboard, everything else about the MacBook, including its sharp retina screen (2,304 x 1,440), is the same. The devices that have appeared, such as the MacBook Pro, have failed to resonate with professional audiences. The front snapper is capable of 1080p video recording and it too offers auto HDR, exposure control, a timer mode and body and face detection. That alone should be enough to stir excitement among diehard MacBook fans but to make sure consumers will line up for the new laptop, Apple chose to alter its keyboard a bit.

You don't need to use Xeon chips for that number of cores - Intel announced Core i9 chips with just those amount of core a few weeks ago - but the difference in performance between mobile chips and desktop chips is marked when you're working with muitl-threaded applications that really use all those cores.

The company essentially killed off its main attempt at touch innovation - the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar - when it failed to release a keyboard for the new iMac with a similar feature at WWDC.

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