Apple unveils number of upgrades to Mac computers

Otis Hoffman
June 7, 2017

Apple has just announced their new all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, and boy does it have some hefty specs.

Connections-wise, the latest generation of iMacs will be gifted with two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3, ideal if you have any dongles and adapters from your new MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air is still somehow still hanging on in there, despite being now being Apple's bulkiest laptop, but only receives a processor speed update.

This device has what Apple describes as "workstation-class performance" in an iMac 5k design. Apple announced an update to the iMac, with discrete AMD graphics cards coming to every 4K iMac that are powerful enough to let you enjoy the HTC Vive VR headset. Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models start at $1,799 and $2,399, respectively.

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The firm also teased an upcoming upgrade to its iMac (above), which it is touting as the most powerful Mac "ever".

Fusion drives-which include both SSD and spinning disk-will be standard on all new 27-inch configurations, and the SSD will be up to 50 percent faster, Apple said.

The 21.5-inch model will also now support up to 32GB of RAM, and the 27-inch model will support 64GB of RAM.

The company said the screen is also 43 percent brighter than its previous models.

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Apple said the iMac Pro is scheduled to begin shipping in December, with prices starting at US$4,999 ($6,675).

Inside there's been a complete redesign to fit the Xeon chip in, with a new airflow system (below).

Graphics are a focus for the new machines: The 21.5-inch takes on an Intel Iris Plus 640, and the 21.5-inch Retina 4K will move to a Radeon Pro 555 and 560, up to three times faster than the last generation with 4 GB of VRAM. All new Macs will get hardware acceleration of H.265, while older Macs will make do with software-based support. It will have SSDs with storage of 1TB to 4TB, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

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