WWDC 2017: Apple introduces new iMac Pro, refreshes MacBook and iMac lineup

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Highlights

    • iMac Pro to go on sale in December.
    • Two new 15-inch MacBook Pro introduced.
    • Lowest model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,299.

Apple has refreshed its MacBook and iMac lineup and announced a new operating system called macOS High Sierra at Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Jose yesterday.

Apple has added Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processor to iMac and MacBook range alongside the new ‘iMac Pro’. According to the company, the new iMac line has the “best Mac displays ever” at 500 nits of brightness.  The iMac range will also have more memory capacity, faster storage, and Thunderbolt 3. The updated iMac comes with 64GB of RAM and Apple’s Fusion drives as standard.

iMac

The updated iMacs as mentioned features Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation.

Fusion Drive is now standard on high-end 21.5-inch iMac and 27-inch configurations. The new iMacs will feature a 4K and 5K display with a more powerful graphics processor, Thunderbolt 3 and faster storage.

The base variants of these new iMacs will come with Intel’s 7th generation Core i5 processors. Apple will be offering up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM with their 21.5-inch iMac, and up to 64GB of RAM on their 27-inch model.

The graphics performance also has been improved on these iMacs. These will come with Radeon Pro 500 series graphics with up to 8GB VRAM.

iMac Pro

Apple along with the new iMacs unveiled the new iMac Pro in space grey, which will go on sale in December. It is having a 5K, 500 nits display.

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It can have processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128GB, and up to 4TB of storage. Apple also has integrated a new thermal cooling system with 75% more airflow than any of the iMacs. Also keeping in tune with the colour of the iMac Pro Apple has designed a new space grey keyboard and trackpad.

The cost of owning an iMac Pro will start at $4,999. Apple has developed this machine for the people waiting to utilise it for VR, machine learning, 3D rendering.

MacBooks

Apple has refreshed its MacBook and MacBook Pro line-up. They also introduced a 13-inch MacBook Pro without the touch bar for $1,299.

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MacBook Pro

Apple has launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro variant which comes without a touch bar and is powered by Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM, along with two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports for $1,299. The higher model with the touch bar, 3.1GHz Dual Core i5 processor and 512GB of storage will start at $1,999.

There are now two varients of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. One sports a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor and the other one sports a 2.9GHz Core i7 processor. The base variant will start at $2,399 and will come with 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD storage and Radeon Pro 555 GPU with 2GB VRAM. Both, the 15-inch MacBook Pro models have four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports. The higher specification model will come with 512GB of SSD storage, Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB VRAM, and will cost $2,799.

MacBook

The Apple MacBook also has been refreshed. It now comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 processor, 256GB SSD, and 8GB RAM. The base variant of the new MacBook will now be available for $1,299. And, the MacBook with the Core i5 processor clocked at 1.3GHz with 512Gb of storage will cost you $1,599.

Apple MacBook Air specifications, features, and price 

Apple has surprisingly updated the 13-inch MacBook air to with a 1.8GHz processor. This version of the MacBook Air will start at $999 and will go up to $1,199 as per the opted specifications.