Apple Showcases New iMac Pro Workstation at WWDC

Apple has refreshed the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineup of laptops at WWDC 2017.

Better graphics, faster processors, and brighter displays: the long-awaited pro-level iMac upgrade has arrived! For GPUs, the 21-inch iMac model will move to the Radeon Pro 555 and 560, while the 27-inch version will get the 570, 575, or 580 models. While it's got the same form factor and 27-inch display as the current high-end iMac, the similarities pretty much end there. Connectivity wise the most powerful iMac so far would come with three Thunderbolt 3 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The new Mac Pro is obviously the most powerful computer Apple has ever released and has more to offer than anything they've previously had.

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

John Turnus, VP of hardware engineering said at the conference that the iMac range will now include improved displays of 500 nits, or a total of 43 percent brighter than the previous generation.

There's also a retina 4K display and discrete graphics added to the £1,249 21.5-inch iMac.

From brand new iMacs to revamped iPads, Apple has revamped nearly every personal computer and tablet it has to offer, and also showcased its upcoming operating software for new devices. Those are pretty beasty numbers, so here's hoping the fans do a good job of stopping the iMac Pro from an early death. Virtually every component has been upgraded, led by the move to 7th generation Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) "Kaby Lake" processors. Apple also introduced its workstation-grade iMac Pro.

The iMac Pro, which will be available in a sleek and sexy space grey color, has presently only been shown off to the audience.

One of the new devices that Apple unveiled was the iMac Pro, which the company describes as "the most powerful Mac ever". We reengineered the entire system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance. The iMac Pro will start at $5,000 in the US; UK pricing hasn't been announced, but it'll likely be around £4,900 to £5,100.

This machine rolls with Radeon Vega graphics and up to 16GB of VRAM and 400GB per second memory bandwidth and 22 Teraflops of half-precision computation. The iMac Pro also marks the first time than a desktop Mac will come in Space Gray, including the iMac Pro's Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic Mouse.

  • Fernando Stephens