Apple still loves you, pro users, but that love will cost you

Apple still loves you, pro users, but that love will cost you

It's possible that the iMac Pro is the new Mac Pro and that the Mac Pro line is dead, but if the iMac Pro can deliver the necessary power for demanding tasks, we won't be too sad. In newly updated chips of MacBook and MacBook Pro you would see faster, stronger and longer battery life out of them.

The iMac Pro will come with 32 GB of RAM by default, but for a machine in this class, the fact that it's configurable to 64 GB or 128 GB is more important.

"It is satisfying to see the capabilities of "Radeon Pro 500" series in elegant form factors and enabling awesome content creation, gaming and VR experiences", said Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD, in a statement.

Prices will start at £1,050 for the base 21.5-inch model, at £1,250 for the 4K 21.5-inch model, and at £1,750 for the iMac Retina 5K 27-inch model.

"Today iMac gets a massive graphics production increase, faster CPU production, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display along with support for 1 billion colors", said Ternus.

The company also announced an update to its 27-inch iMac model.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro packs a Kaby Lake processor with up to 3.5GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, and the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro will be fueled by up to 3.1GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz.

Apple today also gave a sneak peek of the upcoming iMac Pro, which will ship at the end of the year with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, with options going up to 18 cores. "But many people want an all-in-one".

The new iMac lineup will available with macOS High Sierra coming this fall. The internals are finished off with up to 4TB of solid-state storage and 128GB of ECC memory, while the exterior includes four Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC card reader, and 10Gb/s Ethernet connectivity.

According to Apple, the new twin-blower thermal redesign offers an 80 percent boost in thermal capacity compared with previous-generation iMac models.

While whispers of a touch-enabled Mac line that would open the door to more versatile Apple machines turned out to be baseless, Apple is significantly updating several of its existing products with modern components, as well as introducing a new turbo-charged iMac. The Touch Bar versions for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro 2017 models cost US$1,799 (AU$2,405) and US$2,399 (AU$3,207) respectively.

As for pricing and availability, the new updated iMac models will be made available for order in the U.S. starting Monday via company's official online store, apple.com, and will be made available for purchase in the USA starting Wednesday via Apple Stores. The lowest-level configuration will start at $4999, the company said. If you need the maximum performance from a Mac, the iMac Pro will provide it.

What the Mac Pro offers - in its current configuration - is customization and after-sale upgrading by the user, something virtually impossible to do with an iMac.

Apple's new iMac will launch just in time for the holiday season starting at $4,999.

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