"WWDC When Microsoft revealed its Surface Studio past year, more than a few observers looked at its 28" touch screen and accompanying Dial touch wheel and wondered whether Apple could offer something similarly startling for workstation-class users.
Before you throw down more than $1,000, the big question is whether or not it's worth upgrading if you already have an iMac.
iMac also comes with the best Mac display ever, now 43 percent brighter at 500 nits and with support for 1 billion colors, delivering an even more vivid and true-to-life viewing experience. Plus, Thunderbolt 3 has replaced Thunderbolt 2. The reason why you shouldn't buy it now is that once you purchase it you can not upgrade the processor. The base model includes a 5K Retina display, 8-core Xeon processor, Radeon Vega graphics, 32 GB ECC memory, a one terabyte SSD, and first time ever 10 Gb Ethernet connection. However, it can be configured with an 18-core processor alternative and up to 128GB of EEC RAM, storage of 4TB SSD and Radeon Vega discrete graphics cards including up to 16GB of memory. The 13-inch MacBook Pro models have only an integrated graphics processor that uses the latest graphic technology.
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The updated iMac features Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation.
iMac Pro is scheduled to ship in December starting at $4,999 (US).
The most visually striking update in the new iMac lineup is in their displays. It now costs $1,299 instead of $1,499, making it a little bit more tempting to skip the MacBook Air altogether.
On Monday, Apple announced a slew of new updates for its iMac desktop and MacBook laptops. And after nearly two years, Apple finally gave its iMac lineup a refresh at WWDC, adding Kaby Lake processors, more maximum memory at the top end, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a brighter display. If you're someone who justified a 5K iMac at the time and are considering an upgrade, there's a fair chance your work is pretty demanding hardware-wise, and that 2015 tech just isn't going to cut it for much longer.
The biggest iMac is getting more powerful too. All new iMacs will sport faster GPUs.