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Apple's iMac Pro Is An Intel Xeon And AMD Vega Graphics Powerhouse

07 June 2017

For graphics, the most of the new iMac models come with AMD's Radeon Pro 500-series graphics (except for the entry level 21.5 inch models that get Intel Iris graphics) with support for up to 8GB of vRAM. The upgraded variants of the iMac powerful desktop are created to offer improved performance.

The 21.5-inch model can be configured up to 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch can get up to 64 GB of RAM.

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 United States starting Wednesday via Apple Stores.

The 21.5-inch iMac will start at $1,100 and the 4K 21.5-inch model will be available at $1,300.

Apple iMac 21.5-inch standard variant.

The refresh iMac displays are 43 percent brighter than previous ones, with 500 nits and 10-bit dithering and the capability to reproduce 1 billion colours.

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With thin and light designs, powerful performance, incredible displays and all-day battery life, Mac notebooks deliver the world's best portable computing experience.1 MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory. There are four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10GB Ethernet.

Touted as the most powerful iMac Apple has ever created, the iMac Pro appears to be aimed squarely at macOS power users, say creative professionals who have to work with graphical programmes that require a significant amount of compute power or want to run machine learning algorithms locally.

"This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time", said Apple VP of Hardware Engineering John Ternus in a prepared statement. Additionally, the new machines will come with an improved 1080p scale FaceTime Camera, Bluetooth 4.2 and UHS-II SDXC card slot. However, Apple fans are still expecting to see a new MacBook Air version soon.

One of the keys to the iMac Pro's architecture is an 80 percent improvement in cooling capacity.

Apple also promised performance of up to 22 teraflops. Apple said the system is designed for "advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering".