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WWDC 2017: "Apple Announces New 10.5" iPad Pro

WWDC 2017:

Apple also unveiled a new iMac Pro model coming this December, which undoubtedly was the most exciting hardware announcement made today. As of this writing, we're unsure why the iMac weighs almost a pound more, but suspect it has something to do with the higher-core-count processors and advanced cooling system at play in that machine.

Set to take over the void left by the Mac Pro (trash can workstation), the iMac Pro will come in Apple's space gray, run a 5K display, and thanks to a reworked cooling solution, it will be able to house 8-core, 10-core and up to 18-core Xeon processors on the most expensive configurations.

Availability on the new iMacs is immediate, at $1,099, $1,299 and $1,799 for the 21.5-inch model, 4K 21.5-inch, and 27-inch 5K base models, respectively.

As for connectivity, both straight iMac models offer four USB 3 ports, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, an SDXC card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack and RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet along with a Kengsinton lock slot. All variants of the 27 inch iMac now feature Apple own Fusion Drive with up to 50% faster SSDs.

Apple has changed the bundled small keyboard for the iMac though, which is now more compact and flat - I'd drop another $60 for the full-size Magic keyboard with a numeric keypad to go with the iMac.

Another thing that's stayed the same is price: The MacBook will still start at $1,299 - which will get you a model with a entry-level Core m3 chip and 256 GB of storage - and reach up to $1,949 as you go up the specs ladder.

For starters, the new iMac displays are 500 nits brighter than the previous generation and can support up to 1 billion colours. You can get the 15-inch MacBook Pro for $2399.

"Apple has announced a 10.5" iPad Pro.

Despite Apple's use of Radeon Pro graphics within the new, silver iMacs, they're still the Apple all-in-one that you want if it's goal is to be your (or your family's) personal PC. Finally, the top end iMac Retina 5K 27 inch packs up to 8GB of Radeon 570, 575 and 580. The maximum storage capacity of the iMac is capped at 2TB. Discrete graphics are powered by AMD's upcoming Radeon Vega with up to 16GB of VRAM, offering 11 and 22 TeraFLOPS of single and half precision performance, the later which is often used for machine learning.


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