Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'

Saturday, 10 Jun, 2017

That said, it's a minor change. The entry-level iMac Pro will come with a Retina 5K display, an 8-core Xeon processor, Radeon Vega graphics, 32GB ECC memory, 1TB SSD, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10GB Ethernet, a first for a Mac. The processing power is enough to help Apple power VR, too, which will be supported in macOS High Sierra, the latest macOS operating system. This is an officially "VR Ready" card, and Apple is offering the box for VR developers. For GPUs, the 21-inch iMac model will move to the Radeon Pro 555 and 560, while the 27-inch version will get the 570, 575, or 580 models. Also, the newly refreshed MacBook measures just 13.1 mm in thickness.

Touch Bar: Strangely enough, unlike the 2016 MacBook Pro, the MacBook Pro now available in the stores does not have a touch bar.

The iMac Pro comes in a special Space Gray finish complete with a Space Gray keyboard and mouse. The base variant of the iMac would, however, pack an eight-core Xeon processor. It also doesn't have a "new" label at the top of Apple's Mac page, despite the upgrade.

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display. And for small laptop partisans, one of the quietest announcements might have been one of the best: you can now get the MacBook with a Core i5 or i7 processor. We'll wait to see what kind of availability we see from Vega before drawing further conclusions. More importantly, it's where the majority of smartphones, laptops, and other non-Apple consumer devices are headed.

The iMac has an AMD Radeon Pro 570 with 4GB of video RAM driving the new 5120 by 2880 pixel Retina screen at 60Hz refresh rate.

Now the 12-inch MacBook has adopted that improved second-gen butterfly mechanism from the Pro line. It is loaded with various intense features in all aspects, such as workstation, graphics, processors, memory storage and I/O. And that's where Apple faces another issue - hardly anyone uses Macs for those tasks.

Every configuration in the new iMac line is getting a graphics bump - up an to 80% boost. Video editors have largely switched to PC as Premiere Pro has usurped both Avid and Final Cut over the past couple of decades. While the exterior of the machines looks relatively unchanged, this internal capability could mean big things for how Apple positions itself in the developing virtual reality market. And after nearly two years, Apple finally gave its iMac lineup a refresh at WWDC, adding Kaby Lake processors, more maximum memory at the top end, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a brighter display.