MacBook: Apple upgrades its thinnest, lightest laptop

Toby Manning
June 14, 2017

Having been accused of neglecting its pro customers for the past few years, Apple has responded by announcing its "most powerful Mac ever" in the form of the iMac Pro.

The new iMac line has the "best Mac displays ever", according to Apple, at 500 nits.

The company also provided its fans a glance at the forthcoming "iMac Pro" desktop that will commence delivering by the end of 2017.

Also, the 12-inch MacBook has been modernized with Intel "Kaby Lake" processors and faster SSD storage. It is said to support up to twice the amount of memory as the previous models. And with a new space gray enclosure and gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display with support for 1 billion colors, iMac Pro is as stunning as it is powerful. As for the pricing, the Wi-Fi-only models start at Rs 52,900 for the 64GB model and go up to Rs 60,900 and Rs 76,900 for the 256GB and 512GB model respectively.

Apple also revealed Mac OS High Sierra.

Apple announced updates to the MacBook Pro lineup in June 2017, building on the new design introduced in October 2016. Both come with Touch Bar with Touch ID and Thunderbolt 3. The RAM is 8GB, and it comes with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640.

At the WWDC 2017, Apple unveiled the updated iMac models along with the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro models.

In short, the machines you can now buy from Apple are faster and more capable than the ones you could buy yesterday, with improvements in display technology, graphics power, and processing speed.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory. The iMac Pro will start at $4,999. Hence, what Apple is dubbing as "the most powerful Mac ever" is going to now provide consumers with workstation-like functionality in this upgraded all-in-one system.

To give its Mac OS powered desktop a premium appeal, Apple has slightly tinkered with the characteristic design of the iMac range.

The iMac Pro also brings along four thunderbolt ports, four USB ports, and a 10 Gigabit ethernet port - a first for the said lineup. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.

As for the MacBook and MacBook Pros, the new Kaby Lake processors make them a more compelling proposition.

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