Apple revs up MacBook line, debuts 10.5 inch iPad Pro

Angelica Greene
June 7, 2017

It sports a Radeon Pro Vega GPU, which is the newest graphics card of its kind. There's two new 21.5-inch iMacs, but its the new 27-inch model that's going to be of most interest to Digital Arts readers.

The devices will also have what Apple is calling the "most advanced displays on the planet" that are "smoother, crisper and more responsive".

Compared to the equally-priced base model of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, you'll get twice the amount of storage with the same memory capacity (albeit, running at a slower frequency) and a lower-power processor. Also new are "50% faster" storage options and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The iMac Pro brings the workstation-class performance of the cylindrical Mac Pro to the 27-inch iMac form-factor, complete with a 5K display.

The new Radeon Pro 500 series cards are available in Apple's newly updated 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems, with up to 5.5 TFLOPs of compute performance - flawless for Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, and more.

Every configuration in the new iMac line is getting a graphics bump - up an to 80% boost. Other features of the display include wide color gamut with HDR video support, ultralow reflectivity and 600 nits brightness.

The latest iPad Pros will be available for pre-order as of today, and will start shipping next week, with the smaller, 10.5-inch version starting at $649, while its bigger sibling will start at $799.

In introducing the iMac Pro and with a straight face, Apple said the 27-inch iMac is now its most popular desktop for its pro customers.

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The 12-inch Retina Display also remains exactly the same, not that we're complaining.

The new iPad Pros are available from online stores and authorized resellers of Apple in the US and other countries like Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The 27-inch iMac also has a new screen.

The new iPad Pros are fueled by Apple A10X Fusion chipset that features a hexa-core processor which includes three high-performance cores and three high-efficiency cores.

Apple really managed to surprise its fans with a number of new gadgets and software updates at the WWDC 2017. Without Touch Bars across both of Apple's most popular Mac products, we find it unlikely that major software developers like Adobe will add further support for the Touch Bar to their apps beyond their current lukewarm efforts.

Apple devices will support multi-room audio, so you can rock out to music on speakers spread out around your house. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now starts at £2,349 for a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.

This is also the first 12-inch Retina MacBook to feature an Intel Core i5 processor (in a way).

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