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WWDC '17: First look at Apple's new iMac Pro

07 June 2017, 04:48 | Muriel Sparks

The Latest: Apple to showcase new features for its gadgets

Ternus speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose Calif. Monday

Apple showed off how powerful the new iMac hardware is via a fancy VR demonstration - showcasing the "native VR support" in High Sierra - that was pretty impressive, though it's obviously hard to get a feel for how it would perform in person without going hands-on.

New iMacs will move to 7 generation Intel Core processors.

Overall, Apple has included three new models to the main product line; an iMac 21.5-inch, a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, and a 27-inch iMac Retina with 5K display. The 13-inch models that have only an integrated graphics processor use either the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 or Graphics 650, replacing the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 540 or Graphics 550 in the previous models. Apple aims to do so by including up to 18 core Xeon processor in the new iMac. Combine this with Apple's new Metal 2 graphics API and the native support in MacOS High Sierra, and VR just became a reality on the iMac, for gaming and content creation alike.

The iMac range will also include 2 USB-C connectors with Thunderbolt and Fusion drives as standard. They will retail for $1,729 CAD and will be available in Apple Stores across Canada starting on Wednesday, June 7th.

The iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch model also has a new lower price of $1,299, while the non-4K 21.5-inch starts at $1,099 and the 27-inch begins at $1,799.

Apple launched a new 13-inch MacBook Pro alongside bumping up the processors to the latest generation.

Trump calls for global coalition against terrorism, 'isolation' of Iran
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The newest member of the iMac family is a serious powerhouse.

Last but not least, each model will get a GPU upgrade. The new operating systems are expected to be released in the spring.

Apple's HomePod attracted the biggest crowd at the WWDC hands-on area.

Options abound, with up to 4TB of storage. In total, the iMac Pro will be capable of graphics performance totalling 11 TFLOPS of single precision and an insane 22 TFLOPS of half precision compute power.

USA chipmaker AMD on Tuesday unveiled a high performance, power-efficient "Radeon Pro 500" series graphics for Apple iMac.

The new iMac Pro will come to market in December of this year, with a starting price of $4,999 for the 8-Core Intel Xeon model.



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