Apple announces all-new iMac, MacBook updates

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At WWDC, Tim Cook & Co. announced a new iMac lineup with updated CPUs, better displays and enhanced graphics capabilities.

I had the chance to dig into one of the new systems, a 27-inch iMac Retina 5K.

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

The main new feature in the new MacBook is that it sports seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors.

Apple was forced to do something unconventional-that is a mid-term refresh of the MacBook Pro line-up, to bring its laptops up to spec with the Intel 7th-generation processors. The company also updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with faster processors, added faster SSDs to MacBook and introduced a new $1,299 (US) 13-inch MacBook Pro.

At the same time, a Space Gray keyboard and mouse would sure go nicely with a Space Gray MacBook Pro, which doesn't come with exclusive accessories.

The MacBook Air will get a speed bump and otherwise remain unchanged. Graphics and storage are faster, the display is brighter and the new iMac models support double the RAM.

Apple has now revealed more of what that means, pulling back the curtains on the iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro is set to launch in December with a starting price of $4,999.

Apple just wrapped up one of the most hardware-focused software conferences ever.

In the recent press release, Apple has disclosed MacBook Pro variants.

"This is the most powerful Mac we've ever made", said Phil Schiller, Apple's head of marketing, about the iMac Pro.

Apple offers two standard configuration and each model can be customized, which can drive up the price.

Pre-orders start online today, and you'll be able to purchase the new iMacs in your local Apple store starting Wednesday June 7th. Aside from faster content creation, it's capable of running VR and can support gaming, which simply couldn't be said of the previous 4K iMac. It is powered by the new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip which Apple claims can provide up to 30 percent faster CPU performance and up to 40 percent faster graphics rendering on the new iPads.

The iPad Pro runs on iOS 10 but is upgradable to iOS 11.

Graphics on iMac are more powerful across the line with the new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics with up to 8GB of vRAM. The base 1.2GHz Core m3 model is still $1,299 (£1,249 or AU$1,899), while a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 is $1,599 (£1,549 or AU$2,349) and a dual-core Core i7 is $1,749 (£1,684 or AU$2,589).

Unsurprisingly, the iMac Pro sports four Thunderbolt 3 ports, which enables it to drive up to two 5K displays and two high-performance RAID arrays at the same time.

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