But with the company feeling pressure from rivals in the home computer and laptop spaces - and with many of its Mac lines having languished without significant updates for quite a while - many analysts were tipping an uncharacteristically hardware-heavy show, and that's exactly what we got.
The device will ship with the latest macOS High Sierra operating system and a 27-inch 5k Retina display. Here's our full comparison review to see which might be best for you.
Available in the new 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, it enables fluid content creation with exceptional performance and support for GPU acceleration across a range of creative applications on the Mac platform, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop. There is also a matching matte wireless keyboard as well as a special black Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2.
The 15 inch version includes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz and also comes with improved graphics. The 5K 27-incher moves to the Radeon Pro 570, 575 and 580 with up to 8GB of dedicated memory. That should help general performance and running lots of apps at once considerably. The iMac Pro will be able to deliver up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design that users have known for years.
Apple's iMac Pro Is An Intel Xeon And AMD Vega Graphics Powerhouse
Apple said the system is designed for "advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering". Additionally, the new machines will come with an improved 1080p scale FaceTime Camera, Bluetooth 4.2 and UHS-II SDXC card slot.
"Today iMac gets a huge graphics performance increase, faster CPU performance, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display with support for 1 billion colors". This entry level version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1299. Quite an impressive difference.
The iMac Pro will be a niche machine, but the HomePod (shouldn't it have been Siri Speaker?) is definitely mass-market and should've been ready by now and not December. In comparison, the current iMac can only manage "millions of colours".
Apple and Microsoft are going to an epic battle on this side of the market as well, and after Microsoft launched the world's fastest pen back in May during a Surface event, Apple also unveiled a new Pencil which it now claims is to be the fastest in the world.
The 4K and 5K iMac displays will go up to 500 nits of brightness. That's a big jump over the older model, which offered a maximum setup of a 2TB Fusion Drive (configurable to 3GB), or up to a 1TB SSD. There is also support for up to 128GB of ECC Memory, up to 4TB of 3GB/s SSD's, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 10GB ethernet port and a 1080p FaceTime HD Camera. The last time this happened was in March this year, just head of the launch of the new iPad (2017) and the iPhone 7 (PRODUCT) RED models. On paper at least it all certainly looks like a compelling option for users who love the form factor of a iMac and don't want to use a Mac Pro.
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