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

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Described by Apple as "the most powerful Mac ever made", the new iMac Pro features up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory with a Radeon Pro Vega GPU. 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. Apple said the Radeon Pro Vega GPU will offer high frame rates in VR, real-time 3D rendering, and video effects production.

The iMac Pro, which arrives in December, starts at $4,999, but that's the entry-level version, and Apple didn't share the full pricing. The discrete graphics will also be updated; the 2017 MacBook will have a 2GB Radeon Pro 555 or a 4GB Radeon Pro 560 replacing the 2GB Radeon Pro 450/455 or 4GB Radeon Pro 460 on its predecessor. The top-tier Mac Pro, meanwhile, is now powered by a 3.0GHz octa-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs and 16 gigs of RAM. Apple has also upgraded the iMac's processor selection. 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.

Apple is widely rumored to roll out its supposed 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2017 conference this week.

The firm also announced that Apple File System (APFS), shown off at last year's WWDC, will be coming to macOS as the new default file system.




Kaby Lake isn't a massive jump from the generation of Intel chips that came between (Skylake), but it is faster, stronger, and more efficient with battery life than what the MacBook Air is using. The audio is also more notable thanks to four speakers. It is awful compared with what you'd find on a MacBook and MacBook Pro, both of which use IPS and are richer-looking for it. It's not the most exciting of updates, with Apple instead touting reworked Mail and Photos apps and improvements to Safari, including autoplay blocking and intelligent tracking protection.

If you want to create VR experiences on a PC laptop, you'll have to look to one of Dell or HP's huge 17-inch laptops - though you could argue that lugging a 15-inch MacBook Pro and an external graphics box around is even more of a pain.

Even if its enduring popularity seems to have persuaded Apple to make some update, the company appears ready to move on.

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