Apple takes the iMac Pro with Xeons and Radeon Vega graphics


07 June, 2017

We might not have gotten a look at the all-new customisable Mac Pro that Apple is working on, but that doesn't mean that Tim Cook and friends didn't deliver some serious upgrades to our desks during Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) kickoff on Monday. It's not the most exciting of updates, with Apple instead touting reworked Mail and Photos apps and improvements to Safari, including autoplay blocking and intelligent tracking protection.

Apple also says the SSD storage is 50 percent faster. 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 fantastic 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. The 27-inch 5K iMac will continue to come with discrete graphics, supplied by AMD. We already knew that Apple was planning a Mac Pro redesign for 2018, which would be preceded by an iMac refresh this year. The 21.5-inch entry-level iMacs get Iris Plus 650 with 64MB eDRAM for up to 80% faster graphics. 128GB of ECC will be available along with 4TB of 3GB/s SSD.

Apple's Fusion Drive storage system is now standard on all 27-inch iMacs and can be specced on the 21.5-inch models.

The monitors themselves are getting a big boost, with a 500 nit upgrade in brightness, making them 43 percent brighter than its predecessors and more than a billion colors.

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Around the back users will find 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as a 10GB ethernet port. The new MacBook Air models will also get a bump in processor speed. This will not only make the most of the GPUs Macs ship with, a $600 developer kit including an AMD Radeon RX580, external GPU chassis and USB-C port is to be made available to support using Metal and Thunderbolt to integrate external GPUs.

John described the new iMac as a "great platform for VR content creation" - with both Oculus and HTC adding support for the Mac to their Rift and Vive headsets.

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The new model replaces the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, with Apple increasing the size of the display while only marginally increasing the actual size of the tablet.

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