AMD Releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series Graphics For iMac

Before we dive into that, let's talk about the hardware.

While Apple's WWDC conference is supposed to be all about software and developers, the company made a decision to use the event to unleash a swag of new hardware.

The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. The top-end model, the Radeon Pro 580, promises 5.5 trillion floating-point operations per second (T/FLOPS) of compute performance in a thermal envelope AMD claims is perfectly suited to the iMac's slim all-in-one design.

Back in April, we first heard that Apple may be planning a new iMac Pro, powered by an Intel Xeon processor, ECC memory and better discrete graphics. The Cupertino, Calif. company rarely talks up products that will not shortly reach stores, but has been breaking that tradition of late.

"With major updates to iMac, and a refresh of our MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, the Mac is stronger than ever", said John Ternus, Apple's vice president of Hardware Engineering.

It has up to 3.6GHz Turbo Boost option for configuration as well, and comes with 256GB SSD storage, and there's a Force Touch trackpad.

On the outside the iMac Pro resembles its less gutsy brethren but features Apple Space Grey colour scheme rather than the silvery white associated with iMacs.

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If you do a lot of video or photo editing, and really don't want to wait for the iMac Pro models coming in the next year, you'll likely be happy with what this new iMac has to offer. Comparing Windows apples with Apple pears is hard as the value to users lies in the combination of software and device integration, and not just the hardware itself.

With the iMac Pro expecting to ship in December, Apple's latest high-performance Mac is all set to impress.

This week's announcement was the fulfillment of that promise.

However, the iMac comes with what's an expensive option for PCs: the great 5K Retina monitor built-in.

Gillett cautioned, however, that to make good, Apple has to meet deadlines. "To me, that addresses [the critics] as long as they don't slip". Looks like Apple is keen on killing the MacBook Air line entirely and want people to buy either the MacBook or one of the MacBook Pro models. This week's refresh, however, maintains the 16GB maximum.

More importantly, it's in better shape to last going into the future.

Having been accused of neglecting its pro customers for the past few years, Apple has responded by announcing its "most powerful Mac ever" in the form of the iMac Pro. "The creative area is very important to us in particular". Those dabbling in Machine Learning can take advantage of the Vega GPU's 22 Teraflops of half-precision computation power.

It certainly still looks as stunning as before with its single power cable and bluetooth mouse and keyboard creating a clutter-free finish.