All New iMac Pro, iPad Pro 10.5″, HomePod Debuts Along with Updated iMac & MacBook Pro
Apple announced a variety of hardware updates at the annual WWDC event, including an updated iMac, the all new iMac Pro, an updated MacBook and MacBook Pro, the all new iPad Pro 10.5″, and the new HomePod Siri speaker system.
The iMac has been refreshed with an all new brighter display, Kaby Lake Intel Core CPU processors, 64GB RAM maximum on the 27″ display and a 32GB RAM limit on the 21.5″ display models, and better GPU options. The Fusion drive is now standard on the 27″ configurations, and all new iMac models come with 2 USB C / Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
All New iMac Pro
Apple gave a sneak peak of an all new iMac Pro. The iMac Pro will debut in December with a 27″ 5K display, space grey finish, and is said to be the most powerful Mac ever. The iMac Pro will include an 8-Core CPU by default but can be upgraded to include an 18-core Xeon CPU and a maximum of 128GB RAM, 4TB SSD, a powerful GPU, four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports, pricing will start at $4999.
Below are two brief videos from Apple showing off iMac Pro:
The new extended Space Gray keyboard for iMac Pro does not appear to include the Touch Bar that remains a prominent feature on MacBook Pro.
Updates to MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air
The MacBook Pro and MacBook get spec bumped processors to Kaby Lake Intel CPU architecture and faster SSD drives, and a minor spec bumped CPU arrive on the MacBook Air.
The MacBook Pro and MacBook remain hardware limited to a maximum of 16GB RAM.
The Touch Bar, which removes the function and escape keys in lieu of a secondary tiny touch screen with virtualized buttons, remains standard on the MacBook Pro, though a slightly cheaper 13″ model with two (vs four) ports offers the ability to have a regular keyboard. Interestingly, there was no mention of the Touch Bar itself during either the WWDC presentation for MacBook Pro updates nor macOS High Sierra.
New iPad Pro 10.5″, and iPad Pro 12.9″ Updated
Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro with 10.5″ display to replace the iPad Pro 9.7″ display model, it looks largely the same as prior iPad models but with slightly smaller bezels. The iPad Pro 10.5″ display weighs 1lbs and features an improved display, faster A10X CPU, and improved graphics performance. The iPad Pro 10.5″ model also includes the same built-in camera from the iPhone 7. The iPad Pro 10.5″ starts at $649 for a 64GB model.
The iPad Pro 12.9″ display model also received CPU spec bumps and starts at $799.
The iPad Pro lineup will really shine with some new iPad specific features in iOS 11 which is set to be released this fall, including new multitasking capabilities, drag and drop support, an improved Dock, and an ability to browse files on the device. The brief video below from Apple shows off some of what to expect of iOS 11 on iPad Pro:
HomePod – Wireless Speaker Device
Apple unveiled an all new wireless music speaker product called HomePod, a Siri-assisted hardware accessory to the Apple Music subscription that arrives as a 7″ home speaker system, featuring seven built-in speakers and a subwoofer.
The HomePod speaker device has an A8 CPU and also offers Siri voice controls to command the hardware to play music with Hey Siri voice commands, and also query weather, stock prices, give you news headlines, traffic updates and sports scores, and more.
HomePod will be available in December, and is available in white or space gray at a cost of $349.
If you’re interested in reading more about any of these products, or interested in purchasing them, head on over to apple.com for more.