Apple unveils new iPad, iMac and MacBook at developers conference

Tech giant has revamped almost every personal computer and tablet it has to offer

Tech Desk June 06, 2017
Cuppertino giant has revamped almost every personal computer and tablet it has to offer. PHOTO: REUTERS

Apple’s 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) saw a range of new products unveiled by the Cupertino-based company.

From brand new iMacs to revamped iPads, Apple has revamped almost every personal computer and tablet it has to offer, and also showcased its upcoming operating software for new devices.

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated product unveiled by Apple at this year’s WWDC were the brand new iMacs. The existing iMacs will now have up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, more storage options and brighter Retina displays.

However, what’s more interesting is the new iMac Pro, an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users. The device features a gorgeous 27-inch Retina 5K display, up to 18-core Xeon processors and up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, making it the fastest Mac Apple has ever made. iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999.

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Apple also reveal a new iPad Pro line-up, which now features a new screen size if 10.5 in addition to the larger 12.9-inch already offered by the company. The tablets now feature what Apple calls the world’s most advanced display with ProMotion technology and new A10X Fusion chip to immensely boost performance.

The 64-bit A10X Fusion chip is expected to make the new iPad Pro faster than most PC laptops available, and will enable it to tackle complex tasks such as editing photos and 4K video and rendering 3D images.

Paired with the completely revamped iOS 11, the iPad Pro will also have new features like Files app, customisable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 while the 12.9-inch will cost $799 for the base models.

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Last but not the least, Apple also took the occasion to showcase its new MacBook line that now have more powerful specifications in the form of the latest Intel chips. The new MacBook delivers up to 20 per cent faster performance with new seventh‑generation Intel processors,1 and up to 50 per cent faster SSD storage.

The MacBook Pro on the other hand, now has Apple’s Touch Bar and Intel's latest generation Kaby Lake processor that can Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. The MacBook line, however, only features internal changes while the overall design remains unchanged.

The latest MacBook starts at a price of $1299 while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starts at $2399.


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