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Apple announces its 'most powerful' Mac yet: the iMac Pro

09 June 2017

On Monday, Apple announced a slew of new updates for its iMac desktop and MacBook laptops.

With the addition of Thunderbolt 3, a superior display, and much better processors and graphics, the new 27-inch is very much a souped-up version of the 2015 model. They bring cutting-edge computing power and improved displays to the 21.5-inch iMac, the 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K Retina display, and the 27-inch iMac with a 5K display.

The iMac Pro comes standard with 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory, but can be configured up to 64GB or 128GB.

The firm also teased an upcoming upgrade to its iMac (above), which it is touting as the most powerful Mac "ever". The iMac Pro will be with us later this year, but there's plenty of other Mac news - read on! The Radeon Pro Vega is over three times faster than any previous iMac GPU.

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New hardware: Apple is introducing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in an attempt to revive interest in its once hot-selling line of tablets. More powerful 21.5-inch models with 4K screens start at $1899, and 27-inch models with 5K screens start at $2699.

At the top of the slew of announcements, Apple revealed that new iMac displays are 43 percent brighter, capable of displaying one billion colors, and sport 10-bit dithering. They are also expected to appear in retail outlets starting June 7, 2017.

The new machine is dressed in a new sleek space-gray aluminum enclosure with a Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic Mouse 2 to match. By way of contrast, HP Inc's Z2 Mini workstation starts at $694, a price that buys you a machine that can't match the Pro for RAM, storage or core count and doesn't include a screen.

Last time around, the 21.5-inch 4K iMac ($1,499) we tested included a fifth-generation Core i5 processor, Intel Iris Pro 6200 graphics, and 8GB of memory. In addition to simply having more computing power, the Xeon and Radeon Pro Vega graphics processors are created to work optimally with professional apps like AutoCAD, Dassault CATIA, and Maya. Featuring a new next-generation compute core and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an wonderful 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

The new Apple iMac Pro will start at a price of $4,999 in the United States and will be available in December. The new iMac Pro is available in a single configuration for a whopping $5,000. Besides, the model is also integrated with Intel HD Graphics 630, 2GB Radeon Pro 555 and four Thunderbolts 3 with touch bar. Included on a Mac for the first time is 10Gb Ethernet connectivity.

Apple announces its 'most powerful' Mac yet: the iMac Pro