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

07 June 2017, 04:45 | Dawn Berry

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

27-inch iMac on table

Configurations for the iMac Pro include up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance. Graphics power will come courtesy of AMD's Radeon Vega graphics chip with up to 16GB of VRAM on board.

If you can't wait for the iMac Pro, Apple has available today a wholesale refresh of most of the Mac line-up. The exterior is the same as the standard 27-inch iMac - ports and all - except for a Space Gray colour scheme taken from the company's and iPads and MacBook Pros. The new operating systems are expected to be released in the autumn.

Before you turn them on, you won't notice much difference between this batch of iMacs and the last: with one exception (more on the ultra-powerful iMac Pro here) the new lineup looks exactly the same as the old. The new MacBook Air models will also get a bump in processor speed. Four Thunderbolt 3 ports and 10Gb Ethernet will be available for I/O as well as an array of full USBs.

The screen itself is also pretty impressive, spanning 27 inches and 14.7 million pixels, with support for more than a billion colors.

Apple has designed the new iMac Pro with "innovative dual-blowers, a massive heat sink and extra venting", something that provides it with 75% more airflow, and an 80% increase in system thermal capacity. One of the co-developers of Photoshop (with his brother Thomas), he's now chief creative officer at ILM - having worked on films from The Abyss to Rogue One. Oculus once said that they don't support Macs because they aren't powerful enough to run a VR rig. Support for both Unity and Unreal engines are coming to Mac, as is the Steam VR SDK.

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What wasn't added to the iMac - which had been expected by some - was a keyboard with a Touch Bar to match that found on the MacBook.

Now it's updated every single laptop and desktop to Kaby Lake.

According to Apple, an equivalent PC would cost over $7K, while the iMac Pro starts at $4999.

The iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch model also has a new lower price of $1,299, while the non-4K 21.5-inch starts at $1,099 and the 27-inch begins at $1,799.

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