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Apple's iMac goes Pro in 2017 — Look out Surface

13 Juin 2017

The brand has also introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and has refreshed the entire MacBook lineup with the latest specifications.

The iMac Pro looks fantastic. Because while the all-in-one computer may offer a lot of power, it still lacks the kind of flexibility that professional workers seem to always be in need of: the flexibility to upgrade their computers. The iMac Pro is probably the solution I have been looking for.

You also get support for up to two extra displays with the new iMac Pro, just as you have with the original Apple computer.

On Monday, Apple announced a slew of new updates for its iMac desktop and MacBook laptops. There are two big fans inside that help make this possible.

AMD has announced a new family of workstation-targeted graphics processors, the Polaris-based Radeon Pro 500 series, even as its customer Apple promises to begin shipping machines with next-generation Vega replacements by December. This is made possible by the graphics processor's new advanced compute core and up to 16 gigabytes of high-bandwidth memory.

The 21.5-inch model will have Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 for a graphics speed boost of up to 80 percent.

If you happen to like Space Grey aluminium you're in luck. The new Pro model comes with its own 27-inch 5K display, up to an 18-core Xeon CPU, up to 128GB of EEC RAM and various GPU options that cap out at 22 teraflops of performance. There is also a matching matte wireless keyboard as well as a special black Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2. While it's got the same form factor and 27-inch display as the current high-end iMac, the similarities pretty much end there.

Among these outputs is Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), of which the iMac Pro has four ports. 10Gb Ethernet is on board.

The insiders said that Apple is also testing a new MagSafe charger that may ship at some point in 12-18 months. The latest beta (10.12.2 Beta 2) supposedly already has improved support for external graphics cards.

The new graphics enables extraordinary computing experiences, gaming and immersive virtual reality (VR) on select models.

The basic configuration of the iMac Pro will cost $4999. The base model, however, will start at 32GB. This new range of iMacs include an iMac 21.5-inch standard variant, a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, and a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

Apple does make one concession, somewhat.