Apple Refreshes the Entire MacBook Line Up, and I'm Pissed

Apple just refreshed their iMac line, and while the external design will stay the same, the company has put a ton of effort into refreshing the insides to make them competitive with other professional-grade computers. The new machines come in configurations of 8-, 10-, or 18-core Xeon processors, with a memory cache of up to 42 MB. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to an incredible 22 Teraflops of performance.

The 5K model now supports Radeon Pro 500-series graphics. Meanwhile, the 27-inch 5K model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards, topping out at 8GB of VRAM. They can use ECC (error-correcting code) RAM, which can prevent errors that could - for example - crash your computer during a long render.

Apple has a tradition of MacOS updates that swing between new feature oriented and more performance/tune-up releases. All of the new models are available now. Also new are "50% faster" storage options and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Steam VR for Mac is available now in beta form.

High Sierra will run on exactly the same hardware as Sierra, so no Macs are getting cut from support this year. The Standard 21.5-incher is $1,099 while the 27-inch 5K version remains at $1,799.

The company's Mac revenue fell a year ago, and while well received by many consumers, recent MacBook Pros have been criticised by some longtime Mac loyalists and creative professionals for not meeting some of their needs. Without Touch Bars across both of Apple's most popular Mac products, we find it unlikely that major software developers like Adobe will add further support for the Touch Bar to their apps beyond their current lukewarm efforts.

Apple also showed off the next version of Mac OS, which has the rather odd name of High Sierra.

Due on sale this December, the iMac Pro has the same exterior design as the standard 27-inch Mac but with an alluring Space Grey finish plus matching keyboard and mouse.

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