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The new 12-inch MacBook has 3 stealth upgrades

The new 12-inch MacBook has 3 stealth upgrades

Apple has just provided the tech space a sneak peek to what it calls the most powerful Mac ever made, the iMac Pro.

One caveat? It isn't cheap; the iMac Pro will retail for some $4,999, which is well over triple what some VR-ready Windows PCs cost.

Likewise, Apple has updated its MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops with Kaby Lake processors for faster processing and extended battery life. Apple has declared that the new iMac will available to start to buy on Monday through apple.com, and it will be available in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday. The new display is touted as being 43 percent brighter with one billion colors.

The MacBook comes with a 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 processor, while the MacBook Pro has a faster 2.3GHz Core i5 processor.

12-inch MacBook starting at $1,299. When it comes to performance, the Radeon Pro 500 offers up to 5.5 teraflops supporting virtual reality and high-end gaming performance.

The MacBook Air will get a speed bump and otherwise remain unchanged. To be clear, there are three iMac base models: a non-Retina 25-inch iMac ($1,099+), a 4k Retina iMac ($1,299+), and a 5k Retina 27-inch iMac ($1,799).




The iMac Pro is releasing this December. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster.

Inside, it gets even more impressive with Intel's Xeon processors handling computing workloads and AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPU taking care of graphics.

If you are planning to upgrade your iMac or are new to Apple's ecosystem this new desktop won't disappoint. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a bit larger, at 0.59 by 11.97 by 8.36 inches and 3.02 pounds. The base 1.2GHz Core m3 model is still $1,299 (£1,249 or AU$1,899), while a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 is $1,599 (£1,549 or AU$2,349) and a dual-core Core i7 is $1,749 (£1,684 or AU$2,589).

Unsurprisingly, Apple replaced the previous models' Thunderbolt 2 ports with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports that support DisplayPort for external screens, Thunderbolt at up to 40 Gbps, USB 3.1 Gen 2 at up to 10 Gbps, and various other protocols via adapters (see "Explaining Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and Everything In Between", 3 November 2016).

You can't buy those accessories on their own, unlike other Apple Keyboards and Apple Mice. The iMac Pro features four Thunderbolt 3 ports which can connect to up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time for those who thrive on display real estate.

Mac users, we're pleased to announce Macphun's all-in-one photo editor Luminar is now available for just $69£52 for new users, or $59£44 for existing Macphun users. However, the MacBook Pro can be configured at purchase with a 1TB SSD for another $800. There are a lot of configurations, so hang on tight.


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