Apple's New iMac Pro Is Coming in December

On Monday, Apple announced a slew of new updates for its iMac desktop and MacBook laptops. The updated 21.5-inch iMac also features a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics to the $1,299 Dollars 21.5-inch iMac, which is available to order today and in stores Wednesday.

Kaby Lake, the seventh-generation processor did not make a huge difference in Intel core processor chips but it made a huge change from what the MacBook Air is using. The MacBook too has received Kaby Lake processors, 50 percent faster SSDs, and the same keyboard that shipped in the MacBook Pros a year ago. The company is offering four standard configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and two variants of the 15-inch model.

"Radeon Pro 500" series graphics harnesses up to 5.5 TFLOPS (a unit) of performance, making use of the "Polaris" GPU architecture. 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. The Apple iMac Pro 2017 will also feature up to 128 GB of ECC memory and up to 4 TB of flash memory for storage.

If you're looking exclusively for a machine to run your new HTC Vive, the iMac Pro may not be the best place to play.

The new iMac Pro looks to be a good solution for current iMac users who need to upgrade.

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz.

One more thing: the iMac Pro looks to be a straight replacement for the cylindrical Mac Pro which was sometimes rack-mounted.

The new iMac Pro is the new workstation-level Mac we've been waiting features a 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation. The Radeon Pro 500 series makes use of the critically-acclaimed "Polaris" GPU architecture, delivering the flawless balance of performance and operating efficiency that makes them ideal for All-In-Ones.

After introducing the new iMac lineup, Ternus began to introduce what he dubbed as a sneak peek of another iMac product, the iMac Pro (Watch the entire presentation on YouTube).

MacBook prices start at $1,299 while the non-Touch Bar version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro will also start at $1,299. Included on a Mac for the first time is 10Gb Ethernet connectivity.

  • Joey Payne