Apple refreshes MacBook and MacBook Pro at WWDC 2017

Mac fans discouraged by Apple's current offerings to the pro market will take solace in today's biggest Mac announcement: the iMac Pro.

Instead of updating the MacBook Air, which Apple is doing in the short term, Apple is showing that its long-term plan is just under the surface: slowly phase out the MacBook Air in favor of the iPad Pro. Although there is no word on India launch date of the new products, pricing of some of the products has been released through the official Apple website. The new models start at $1,299 and go up to $4,199.

"Radeon Pro 500" series graphics harnesses up to 5.5 TFLOPS (a unit) of performance, making use of the "Polaris" GPU architecture. Here's a quick look. The MacBook Pro which Apple released late previous year with the Touch Bar now comes with 7th-gen Intel Kaby Lake processors along with support for more memory. This MacBook Pro doesn't comes with a Touch Bar, Touch ID on top. Read: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review. The iMac Pro might support up to a whopping 128 GB of ECC memory, but the price does start with only 32 GB.

The new "Kaby Lake" iMac also arrives just behind Dell's brand new Precision AIO 5720 and ahead of any "7th-generation" upgrade to HP's Z1 G2 all-in-one workstation - proving that you don't need a PC for the best of what's available across chip, memory, storage, graphics and display in a single shell.

"It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling unbelievable content creation, gaming and VR experiences", said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.

When the MacBook Pro series adopted a similar flat keyboard a year ago, it at least had an improved Butterly mechanism (the x-shaped trigger under the individual keys on the keyboard), which made the typing experience feel more substantial, even if some people still preferred the old-style traditional MacBook Pro keyboard.

Apple is giving its 12 inch MacBook a spec boost. The hardest part of that is dealing with heat, because the iMac Pro will feature Intel Xeon processors in 8-core, 10-core, or 18-core configurations. The new models also sport the Force Touch trackpad which offer fingers more room to gesture and click. All the 27-inch variants will get fusion drives as standard.

In addition, both tabs can output bright images (maxing out at 600 nits) as well as impressively accurate colours (with support for the DCI P3 colour gamut).

One minor yet significant update is also the signature Apple keyboard which now comes with a number pad (!) for the Excel junkies. This is almost Rs 20,000 more than than the $1299 pricing at which it has been launched in the US. Seven devices (including MacBook Pros and iMacs) have all had Intel's 7th generation processors added. The RAM on board is 8GB, and it will support Turbo boost of up to 3.8GHz. This 21.5-inch iMac also has the option of Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of video RAM for graphics or a Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of video RAM.

As mentioned previously, T-Mobile users will have the option to purchase the iPad Pro online and at retail locations nationwide.

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