Apple unveils updates and a world without apps

During its annual Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple unveiled something a lot of fans have been wishing for - an all-new iMac Pro.

iMacs for 2017 also get up to 50 percent faster SSDs which can be up to 2TB and other features such as two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3.

Updates to the 12-inch MacBook and flagship 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros also included Intel's Kaby Lake processors to make the laptops more efficient, and could result in improved battery life. They also have larger caches, which means better performance with more complex data - whether large, multi-layered Photoshop files, 4K video or 3D scenes with huge textures. In the past, people complained about Apple's decision to use AMD Radeon Pro models, such as 450, 455 or 460 GPUs, so they might change that too.

The cheapest model, $4,999, will come with an 8-core Xeon CPU, Radeon Vega graphics, 32GB ECC memory and a 1TB SSD.

John Ternus, VP of hardware engineering, said the new iMac displays will be 43 percent brighter than previous models at 500 nits and be capable of showing one billion colors.

Due on sale this December, the iMac Pro has the same exterior design as the standard 27-inch Mac but with an alluring Space Grey finish plus matching keyboard and mouse.

"The 27" 5K model offers up to 64Gb of RAM, standard fusion drives, and a choice between the Radeon Pro 570, 565, or 580 cards with up to 8Gb of VRAM for 5.5 teraflops of graphics power.

Apple has a tradition of MacOS updates that swing between new feature oriented and more performance/tune-up releases.

Around the back users will find 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports as well as a 10GB ethernet port.

According to Apple, an equivalent PC would cost over $7K, while the iMac Pro starts at $4999. Support for both Unity and Unreal engines are coming to Mac, as is the Steam VR SDK.

Professionals will also welcome the adoption of H.265 with 40% better compression than H.264 - opening the door for better support for 4K content.

  • Fernando Stephens