New Kaby Lake iMacs arrive from Apple

We might not have gotten a look at the all-new customisable Mac Pro that Apple is working on, but that doesn't mean that Tim Cook and friends didn't deliver some serious upgrades to our desks during Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) kickoff on Monday.

For IO, there's 4X Thunderbolt 3, which can support two 5K displays and two high-performance RAID arrays, plus 10Gb Ethernet. there's also four USB 3.0 ports and an SD Card reader.

Apple today also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air® with a 1.8 GHz processor.

Yep, the iMac Pro is unapologetically for power users and anyone involved with graphics editing, virtual reality and graphics work. It has the same 27-inch 5K display. Fusion drives are standard on all 27-inchers and SSDs will go up to 2TB at twice the current rates.

The cheapest model, $4,999, will come with an 8-core Xeon CPU, Radeon Vega graphics, 32GB ECC memory and a 1TB SSD.

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The new displays are 43 percent brighter than previous ones, with 500 nits and 10-bit dithering, and the capability to reproduce 1 billion colors. "We reengineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love - iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there's never been anything like it". SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster, and iMac comes with Thunderbolt 3, the most powerful and versatile port ever.

All of the models will be getting new GPUs.

Apple showed off the line: 21.5-inch iMacs start at $1,099 (roughly converting to £850 and AU$1,470). The 15-inch MacBook Pro now starts at £2,349 for a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM.

Professionals will also welcome the adoption of H.265 with 40% better compression than H.264 - opening the door for better support for 4K content.

And, not surprisingly, most of the focus was on adding enough specs to make sure Macs can run VR applications for both consumers and developers.

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