Apple Unveils Powerful New iMac Pro

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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 incredible 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. In this article though, let us take a look at the new refreshed MacBook Pro lineup that goes on sale in the USA today.

Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows.

Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays, and added a Retina Ultra HD display and discrete graphics to the US$1,299 21.5-inch iMac.

Apple's iMac computers are getting an internal upgrade boosting processing power and display quality.

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The 4K iMac will start at $1,299, and starts shipping today. Of course there's more to the new Pro than its speed, so we've got all the details below in a form that won't make your head explode. It comes with a brightness of 500 nits, making it 43% more brighter than their previous model. The Fusion Drive will now be standard on all 27 inch configurations as well as the high-end 21.5 inch iMac. SSD storage options are now up to 50% faster. And the 27-inch 5K Retina display model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards with up to 8GB of VRAM for 5.5 teraflops of graphics computing. The 12-inch variant is priced at US$1,299 (AU$1,736) though folks may be well off going for the 13-inch model (with function keys) offered at the same price.

"With major updates to iMac, and a refresh of our MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, the Mac is stronger than ever", said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering.

Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows.

Apple says that it has reengineered the entire system and developed a completely new thermal architecture for providing exceptional performance with up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design. Further, the iMac Pro features a stunning new space grey enclosure that allows incredible performance for virtual reality content creation, advanced graphics editing, and real-time 3D rendering. Apple are using the Radeon Pro Vega inside of the new iMac Pro, with 11 TFLOPS of single precision compute performance, and up to 22 TFLOPs of half precision performance. So, the lucky old iMac Pro gets two Thunderbolt 3 controllers, as well as a cavalcade of USB and USB-C slots. It's a new workstation-class product that is aimed at professional users.

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