AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

On Monday, Apple said it will announce its updated MacBook Air laptop earlier next month during its annual developer conference, known as WWDC conference. The iMac Pro, that features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation ability, is Apple's most powerful Mac ever, according to the Cupertino major.

The new Apple 10.5inch iPad Pro 64GB will be sold for $649 while the 512GB model will come with a $849 price tag.

The updated iMac features Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. And if you want speed from your storage, you'll be happy to know that all 27-inch models and the top of the line 21.5-inch model comes with a Fusion Drive standard, and all the iMacs now come with Thunderbolt 3. It features AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPU, the most advanced to ever be used in a Mac. The 21.5-inch 4K models deliver up to three times faster performance and the 27-inch 5K models are up to 50 percent faster.

Pre-orders start online today, and you'll be able to purchase the new iMacs in your local Apple store starting Wednesday June 7th. Not only has Apple finally, finally upgraded the basic end of the iMac, but you also get a behemoth of the computer in the form of the iMac Pro.

The most visually striking update in the new iMac lineup is in their displays.

Apple has also upgraded the MacBook Pro's graphics hardware. Apple's introduced Intel's Kaby Lake processors on the MacBook Pro as well. This monster of a machine will also come with the new AMD Radeon Vega graphics card with up to 16GB VRAM and over 400GB/s of memory bandwidth.

But looking at the iMac Pro from the side and the back shows that this capable computer is just like any other iMac: thin, minimalist and nearly paper thin. It supports up to 4TB SSD, 128GB ECC RAM, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and 10Gb Ethernet - a first for Mac. Apple did not get chips in time while launching MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that was launched back in October.

  • Terrell Bush