Apple Announces New iMac Pro and Updated MacBook Pros at WWDC

Posted June 09, 2017

Aside from supercharging its iPad lineup, Apple updated the entirety of its MacBook line with speedier Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs. An India launch should follow pretty soon. Even the forgotten lovechild, the MacBook Air, received a speed bump courtesy of a new 1.8GHx processor. Here's a quick look.

In fact, the backlash against Apple was so strong that Tim Cook and other executives were forced to confront the criticism head on, with Cook stating the following during a company shareholder meeting earlier this year: "You will see us do more in the pro area". Sure, you'll be able to hang things off those Thunderbolt 3 ports, including external graphics cards, but it looks like internal upgrades won't be an option. Apple's 15-inch Pro is getting faster standard graphics, and an upgraded entry-level 13-inch Pro will retail for $1,299, sans Touch Bar, of course. It is followed by a Core i5-7300U that can run from 2.6 GHz to 3.5 GHz.

In addition, the Force Touch trackpad offers a sharper response than the original.

On the other hand, the company has also revealed its 15 inch MacBook Pro which features more discrete graphics than the 13 inch variant. Then new MacBook Pro comes with 2.8GHz or 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, and supports Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. Both come with 8GB of RAM (configurable up to 16GB), but they differ on storage.

Speaking of which, the iMac Pro is just 8 inches thin when you consider the stand, and it weighs only 21.5 lbs. Professionals who were looking forward to WWDC 2017 for a new machine to invest in may have gotten their wish.

It's 500 nits bright, the same as last year's MacBook Pro and MacBook with Retina displays. It remains upgradeable to an Intel Core i7 running at 2.2 GHz. There's also up to 50 percent faster SSD, and support for up to twice the memory. Apple has silently yanked that from its online store, and replaced it with a new wireless Magic Keyboard.

When Apple promised that new iMacs later in the year would include pro machines, it wasn't messing around. With support for 30-bit colour and a P3 color gamut, it'll be easier than ever to fine-tune onscreen details. What do you guys think of the iMac Pro?

Prices will start at $1,099 for the base 21.5-inch model, at $1,499 for the 4K 21.5-inch model, and $1,799 for the iMac Retina 5K 27-inch.

As always, Microsoft gets a point for presenting more options within the Kaby Lake lineup of processors.

With Fusion Drive, the apps and files you use the most are automatically stored on fast flash storage, while everything else moves to a high-capacity hard drive.

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.

Inside, it gets even more impressive with Intel's Xeon processors handling computing workloads and AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPU taking care of graphics.