Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

Apple said the system is designed for "advanced graphics editing, virtual reality content creation and real-time 3D rendering". All now come armed with an Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor where the configurations vary. The MacBooks are likewise getting an upgrade to Kaby Lake, and will also get new SSDs that are 50 percent faster than the previous generation, the company said.

The 21.5-inch model can be configured up to 32GB of RAM, while the 27-inch can get up to 64 GB of RAM.

iMac also comes with the best Mac display ever, now 43 percent brighter at 500 nits and with support for 1 billion colors, delivering an even more vivid and true-to-life viewing experience.

New 2017 iMac Pro accessories come in space gray. The internal changes provide up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays. Notably, the new iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December this year with a starting price tag of $4,999 (US).

In addition to the new iMac Pro, Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the top-end, high-throughput system in a modular design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

This likely means that these Core i5 and i7 chips are actually Core i5-Y and i7-Y CPUs that launched with the Kaby Lake generation, meant to succeed the previous Intel Core m parts while maintaining much of the same power profile as before.

More information on the new Radeon Pro 500 series is available from the official website. This new range of iMacs include an iMac 21.5-inch standard variant, a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, and a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

The iMac Pro comes with the new AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPU. The Radeon Pro 560 ups this to 16 compute units for 1,024 stream processors and up to 1.9 T/FLOPS of compute.

Apple also promised performance of up to 22 teraflops.

Although it might look like an iMac (aside from the grey enclosure), the iMac Pro promises 80 percent more cooling capacity than a standard model, and supports up to 4TB of SSD storage and 128GB of ECC memory. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking. There's also a new entry-level 13-inch model that retails for £1,249.

The standard Macbook still retained its USA $1299 starting price while the Macbook Pro starts at U.S. $1299 for the 13-inch (with 128GB SSD) while the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at United States $2399.

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