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07 June 2017, 04:49 | Harold Aguilar
The new iPad Pro packs a bigger screen into a familiar body
It's bound to be a spectacular showcase of new hardware and software as usual, but the affair is reportedly going to miss out on a few highly anticipated products, including the iMac 2017 model and a revamped Mac Mini. Additionally, the new iMacs, which have 21.5- and 27-inch screens, will get more ports for users to attach accessories. Instead of the miniDisplayPort connections seen on previous iMacs, the new models will boast USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, supporting all of your USB-C capable accessories, and opening up high-powered options for RAID storage and external 4K & 5K displays.
The annual AppleWorldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is underway in San Jose, California, in the USA, and will last till tomorrow. 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.
For customers with slightly less workload-heavy needs, the standard iMac desktop is also getting a boost.
Since the end of previous year, many have suspected that the MacBook Air's days are numbered, especially after Apple suggested that the thinner and lighter MacBook Pro is its replacement when the Air wasn't refreshed last Autumn.
Perhaps unexpectedly, the next most exciting unit on display was the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, running iOS 11.
A new 12-inch MacBook is also expected to show up at WWDC with a faster Kaby Lake processor, better graphics management, improved battery life and smoother app switching.
The entry-level iMac embedded with AMD Radeon Pro 500 will fetch $1,099 which will raise up to $2,299 for the 27.5-inch 5K iMac. (The top model Radeon Pro 580 is roughly equivalent to an Nvidia 1060) Those new GPUs, along with updates in macOS High Sierra, also means that the new iMacs will support VR.
Upcoming OS to support peer-to-peer payments via new Pay Cash feature, putting Apple in competition with PayPal, Square Cash and Venmo. It can facilitate Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz for the 13-inch model. 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. Meet the iMac Pro.
There are reports, the 2018 model will come with a glass based design and other upgrades under the hood including a glowing Apple logo that was available on the original models.
The iMac Pro will be available in December.
Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering John Ternus says, "This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time".
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