Apple announced a lot of new updates and changes on the first day of WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) 2017. WWDC is considered to be one of the most important events in the technology industry across the world. This is the event where the company announces all the changes that both developers and consumers can expect to see in the coming year, in terms of coding, designing apps and using the apps along with user experience.
This year the company announced an updated lineup of iMac, MacBooks along with the new iMac Pro, new iPad Pro and HomePod. The company also announced iOS 11, the upcoming version of the mobile operating system that powers all the iOS devices in the market. We also saw the launch of WatchOS 4 along with MacOS High Sierra. However, we are going to talk about everything new in the iMac and MacBook lineup along with the iMac Pro.
Apple has updated its iMac line-up with the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors with clock speeds up to 4.2 GHz, more RAM support, fusion drive, optional SSD storage and Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports. The iMac upgrade is essential because this update comes almost 3 years after the last time Apple refreshed the iMac lineup. iMac machines have typically been used by creative professionals who want an-all-in-one solution.
The company has added a 4K Retina display and discrete graphics to the entry-level 21.7-inch iMac. The SSD in the iMac is up to 50 percent faster in comparison to the old storage. Apple has also added the new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics cards with up to 8 GB of video RAM (vRAM). The company claims that the new 21.5-inch model will give about three times the performance to the older model while the 27-inch model will give about 50 percent faster performance than the older model.
Apple also claims that the upcoming iMacs sport a 43 percent brighter screen with 1 billion colours and 500 nits of brightness. To run down on all the specs, the iMac will be available in LED-backlit display panel with 1920x1080 resolution and Retina 4K display with 4096x2304 resolution. The iMacs will be available at three clock speeds with the base model equipped with Intel Core i5 clocked at 2.3 GHz. The turbo boost can push the processor of this computer to 3.6 GHz. The device will pack 8 GB RAM DDR4 that can be expanded to 16 GB. You will get 1 TB hard drive along with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 in the device.
Moving up the ladder, the second iMac will be available at 3.0 GHz clock speed. The company will give you the option to selected Intel Core i5 with a clock that can be turbo boosted up to 3.5 GHz. The Intel Core i7 model will be clocked at 3.6 GHz with the turbo mode pushing the processor to 4.2 GHz. It will come with 1 TB hard drive that you can replace with 1 TB fusion drive or an SSD with 256 GB or 512 GB in capacity. This device will also come with 8 GB DDR4 that can be expanded to 16 GB later along with Radeon Pro 555 graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM.
The top end of iMac will come with Intel Core i5 clocked at 3.4 GHz that can turbo boost to 3.8 GHz along with 8 GB DDR4 RAM that you can upgrade to 16 GB or 32 GB later. You can also choose to pack an Intel Core i7 clocked at 3.6 GHz with turbo boost reaching 4.2 GHz. Apple has added a 1 TB fusion drive in this machine along with Radeon Pro 560 graphics card with 4 GB of VRAM. You can replace the fusion drive with a SSD in storage capacities ranging from 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.
All the iMacs will come with a Thunderbolt 3 video output, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3.5mm headphone jack, SDCX card slot, Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 slots, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and a native DisplayPort over USB Type-C in terms of connectivity options.
iMac with base clock speeds of 2.3 GHz will go on sale for $1,999, the one with base clock speeds of 3 GHz on the Core i5 and 3.6 GHz on Core i7 will go on sale starting at $1,299. The top end of the line-up with 3.4 GHz will be available for $1,499.
Apple launched a new and interesting product called the iMac Pro. This is a new product aimed at professionals that require extreme processing power in terms of CPU, RAM and GPU processing power. The company has packed a 27-inch Retina 5K display with effective resolution of 5120x2880 resolution along with support for wide color gamut and 500 nits of brightness in a sleek package.
Apple gives you the option to opt for an 8-core core processor, 10-core processor or 18-core Xeon processor clocked at 3.5 GHz with 42 MB cache. The turbo boost make it run at 4.5 GHz clock speed. The computer will come with 32 GB DDR4 RAM out of the box with a support to increase the memory to 64 GB or 128 GB DDR4 along with 1 TB SSD. You can change that to add 2 TB or 4 TB SSD storage in the device.
The interesting thing to note here is that the company will pack a Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8 GB HBM2 vRAM while giving you an option to switch to Radeon Pro Vega 64 with 16 GB HBM2 vRAM. The company claims that this setup can give 22 teraflops of GPU performance.
It will come with a Thunderbolt 3 video output, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3.5mm headphone jack, SDCX card slot, Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 slots, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and a native DisplayPort over USB Type-C in terms of connectivity options.
Apple updated its MacBook lineup by adding the latest processor available in the market, Intel Kaby Lake. The MacBooks now support up to double the amount of memory and 50 percent faster SSD. The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i7 will run at a clock speed of 3.5 GHz with turbo boost pushing it to 4.0 GHz.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro will sport a 3.1 GHz Core i7 processor with turbo boost up to 4.1 GHz. The company has updated the 12-inch MacBook with faster SSDs while offering a new cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar for $ 12,999. One thing to note here is that the company has also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor clocked at 1.8 GHz.
While the iMac Pro will be available starting December 2017 the updated iMacs and Macbooks are already available for purchase. The company has not announced any official launch date for the Indian market.