Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro, iMac Line-up and Introduces 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 27-inch iMac Pro

At the WWDC 2017 event, Apple not just announced, but also refreshed the MacBook Pro, iMac line-up and also introduced the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 27-inch iMac Pro. The new MacBook Pro’s and iMac come with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. While the 27-inch iMac Pro knocks out with the most powerful specifications that include 27-inch Retina 5K display and 18-core Xeon processors. Let’s find out more details about the Hardware announcements that Apple has taken wraps off.

MacBook Pro Line-up: The 13-inch MacBook Pro is now powered by the 3.5 GHz Core i7 Kaby Lake processors with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, While the 15-inch MacBook Pro is powered by the 3.1 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. The Apple MacBook Air comes with a 1.8 GHz processor. They now come with 50% faster SSD and twice the memory support.


Pricing and Availability: The 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299, the 13-inch MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299 and $1,799 with Touch Bar. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar now starts at $2,399. They are now ready to order on and will ship from June 7th.

Apple iMac Lineup: The company has also upgraded the iMac line-up with up to 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors with 4.2GHz speed and turbo boost up to 4.5Ghz and has support for 8GB DDR4 onboard memory, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays, and graphic chips. Fusion drive is now standard on all 27-inch iMacs and high-end 21.5-inch iMac. The high-end 27-inches Retina comes with 5K Retina display (5120 x 2880 pixels)with 500 nits brightness and the other specifications remain the same as other iMac specifications.

iMac 5K

Starting off, the base variant of the 21.5-inch iMac comes with Full HD display and powered by the Intel Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core processor with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 8GB 2133MHz RAM up to 32GB memory and 1TB hard drive. While the other model of the 21.5-inch iMac features 4K Retina display and is powered by the Intel Core i5 3.0GHz quad-core processor with 2GB Radeon Pro 555 graphics, 8GB 2400MHz on board memory and 1TB hard drive.

The high-end 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and is powered by the Intel Core i5 with higher clock speed at 3.4GHz quad-core processor with 4GB Radeon Pro 560 graphics, 8GB 2400MHz memory up to 32GB memory, and 1TB Fusion Drive.

Moving on to the 27-inches iMac comes with Retina 5K Display and is powered by the Intel Core i5 3.4GHz  processor quad-core with 4GB Radeon Pro 570 graphics. It packs 8GB 2400MHz RAM that goes up to 64GB memory and 1TB Fusion drive. Another variant of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display and is packed with the Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3.5GHz quad-core with 4GB Radeon Pro 575 graphics, 8GB 2400MHz on board memory and 1TB Fusion drive.

The high-end 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display comes with higher clock speed at 3.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB Radeon Pro 580 graphics and 8GB 2400MHz on board memory that goes up to 64GB RAM with 2TB Fusion Drive.

Pricing: Apple iMac 2017 lineup start at $1,099 (Rs 70,700 approx.), $1299 (Rs 83,565 approx.) and $1,499 (Rs 1,15,729 approx.) for the iMac 21.5 inch and the iMac Retina 5K 27 inch start at $1,799 (Rs. 1,15,755 approx.) and $1,999 (Rs. 1,28,630 approx.) and $2,299 (Rs. 1,47,935 approx.) for the varaints mentioned above.

Apple iMac Pro with 27-inch Retina 5K display: At the WWDC event, Apple has introduced the fastest and the most powerful iMac ever that features an entirely new design. It comes with 5K Retina display that supports 1 billion colors. It is powered by up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation. The iMac Pro comes with new thermal design promising up to 80% more cooling capacity despite having the same thin and seamless iMac design.

iMac Pro

It comes with new Radeon Pro Vega GPU and up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory and 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory delivering up to 11 Teraflops of single precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering. The device comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports that are capable of connecting to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. The 10GB Ethernet offering up to 10 times faster networking for the first time.

Pricing: The new Apple iMac Pro comes in space gray and pricing starts at US$ 4,999 (Rs. 3,21,635 approx.). The iMac Pro ships in December.

Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch) specifications: The all new iPad Pro 10.5-inches sports a 10.5-inches (2224 x 1668 pixels) Fully laminated True Tone Retina Display that accounts to a pixel density of 264 PPI. It is powered by the A10X Fusion chip with 64‑bit architecture and M10 motion coprocessor and storage options include 64GB/256GB/512GB variants.

The iPad Pro runs on iOS 10 but is upgradable to iOS 11. It features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Four speaker audio for better audio experience.

In the camera department, there is a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, ƒ/1.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization, it is capable or recording 4K videos and 1080p slo-mo at 120 fps. On the front, there is a 7-megapixel HD front-facing camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording. Connectivity features include 4G LTE (optional), Wi‑Fi 802.11ac, HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and GLONASS. A 30.4‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‑polymer battery on board.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in Space Gray, Rose Gold, Gold and Silver colors and is priced at $649 for the 64GB storage, $749 for the 256GB storage and $949 for the 512GB WiFi models. While the Wi-Fi + Cellular models are priced at $779, $879 and $1,079.


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