The iMac gets a long-awaited update

The iMac gets a long-awaited update

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Brighter, sharper displays and faster processing underpinned the changes Apple announced for its line of Mac computers at this morning's WWDC. Under the hood is an all-new centrifugal cooling system with two fans to draw heat away from the system's Xeon processor, which you can configure with eight, 10, or 18 cores. Other features include a 27-inch 5K display, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10GB Ethernet. The new GPU can fetch data at speeds of up to 400 Gbps, while being able to perform up to 11 teraflops, according to the company.

Yep, the iMac Pro is unapologetically for power users and anyone involved with graphics editing, virtual reality and graphics work. Meanwhile, the 27-inch 5K model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards, topping out at 8GB of VRAM.

If you can't wait for the iMac Pro, Apple has available today a wholesale refresh of most of the Mac line-up. Fusion drives are standard on all 27-inchers and SSDs will go up to 2TB at twice the current rates. They can use ECC (error-correcting code) RAM, which can prevent errors that could - for example - crash your computer during a long render.

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For the smallest iMac, you'll now get up to 32GB of RAM and a nice bump on the graphics side of things. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster, and iMac comes with Thunderbolt 3, the most powerful and versatile port ever. All new Macs will get hardware acceleration of H.265, while older Macs will make do with software-based support. Steam VR for Mac is available now in beta form.

John described the new iMac as a "great platform for VR content creation" - with both Oculus and HTC adding support for the Mac to their Rift and Vive headsets. The prices remain largely the same across the board, aside from a newly-cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,299. The Standard 21.5-incher is $1,099 while the 27-inch 5K version remains at $1,799. Prices start at $1099 and run all the way up to $1799.

Apple also showed off the next version of Mac OS, which has the rather unusual name of High Sierra.

  • Kyle Warner