Apple has updated the MacBook Air, but you still shouldn't buy it

Rumor claims Apple's MacBook Air line is dead

Rumor claims Apple's MacBook Air line is dead

In other words, the current MacBook and iMac upgrades and the forthcoming iMac Pro update sends a clear message that Apple not only has exciting new hardware today, but even more exciting and powerful hardware coming down the pipeline. (Do you not also dream of working on a high performance desktop computer in the open air?) And, though I wouldn't recommend it (because heat, the elements, etc.), the new iMac's screen is finally bright enough to work in direct sunlight.

Although Apple updated the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks with seventh-generation Intel processors - the architecture dubbed "Kaby Lake" by the California-based silicon designer and manufacturer - talk during the keynote was limited to the iMac, Apple's all-in-one desktop.

If you don't, Apple also refreshed the prices and specs of the regular 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models.

The new data from Apple iMac Pro reveals that it comes packed in two different version of AMD Vega graphics card unit.

As is the norm for the iMac line, the displays really stand out. Both of the devices come with Apple Retina displays that feature a new technology called ProMotion. Now that the 11-inch MacBook Air is gone, Apple has left us with a 13.3-inch model that weighs nearly exactly 3 pounds and starts at $999.

It will use an Intel Iris Graphics 640/Graphics 650 processor replacing the Intel Iris Graphics 540/ Graphics 550 processor in the 2016 MacBook Pro. And the more portable MacBook retails at 1,04,900 for the 256 GB model. The MacBook too has received Kaby Lake processors, 50 percent faster SSDs, and the same keyboard that shipped in the MacBook Pros a year ago.

The MacBook Pro as presumed has more serious horsepower though.

Let's address the elephant in the room first: almost every major laptop vendor that ships devices with Windows 10 has offerings with 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) displays that cost comparably to the MacBook Pro.

With the price of the new MacBook Pro lineup remaining unchanged, future consumers will be pleased to know that there is some consolation for making a purchase of these new machines.

I had time to run a few benchmarks on the iMac; first, Geekbench 4.0 reported that the Core i5 processor in the iMac scored 4845 in the single-core test, and 14098 in the multi-core one.

It also paves the way for augmented reality (AR) to debut on an Apple device, which MacWorld says will allow users to layer 3D objects over real life. All of the new models are available now. But if you aren't interested in high-end photo editing, there are also some cool tools for editing your Live Photos: you can now turn them into animated loops.

With Fusion Drive, the apps and files you use the most are automatically stored on fast flash storage, while everything else moves to a high-capacity hard drive.

Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies labeled the iMac Pro as having "workstation horsepower but in a traditional all-in one". It offers faster performance and better security with crash protection and built-in encryption. Many other elements of the tablet's hardware have been improved too, including the quad-speaker audio system and camera gear. Even if you never notice these features first-hand, you should notice your Mac running at least a bit faster with High Sierra.

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