Apple's new iMacs have better screens, USB-C, and VR support

Posted June 07, 2017

But there has still been some big news for fans of the company's iMac and MacBook lines. You're still getting a very slim, nicely-built chassis with a high-resolution "Retina" display and a lone USB-C port.

The rest of the room was set up to show off the new software capabilities of the new Macs and iPads, WWDC being a conference for developers after all.

To handle all of that, users will be able to order the iMac Pro with as much as 128 GB of memory, and an all-flash storage drive of up to 4 TB to help content creators manipulate and store large 4K and HD projects. To prove a point, Industrial Light and Magic lit up the stage with a Star Wars VR demo that ran in real time on the machine using Unreal Engine 4. The company said the screen is also 43 percent brighter than its previous models.

On the MacBook front, Apple announced that its notebook lineup will be getting an upgrade to Kaby Lake processors, as well as SSDs that are 50% faster than the previous versions. The 27-inch Retina 5K display that supports one billion colours makes the device gorgeous as ever. Full details of the iMac Pro aren't available just yet, as Apple has only provided a "sneak peek" of the new hardware at WWDC, but the specs revealed so far might give pros hope that Apple hasn't forgotten about them just yet. Unlike the new iMac 2017 range, the iMac Pro wouldn't be shipping anytime soon.

Talking about the new MacBook, it enables support for up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 along with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz.

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Now the iMacs are great machines but they have never been considered as professional workstation replacement, until now.

The iMac Pro will be with us later this year, but there's plenty of other Mac news - read on! The GPU's powering this beast will be AMD's soon to be released VEGA platform with up to 16GB of VRAM and 400 GB/s of bandwidth.

As someone who has a thing for workstations - whether from Apple, Dell, HP - I can say I am thoroughly impressed with the iMac Pro.

Configurations for the iMac Pro include up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory. The new MacBook Air models will also get a bump in processor speed.

At the back of the room was a single iMac Pro to look at, but not to touch.