Apple Unveils New 13 Inch MacBook Pro At WWDC 2017


Apple has a tradition of MacOS updates that swing between new feature oriented and more performance/tune-up releases. The Fusion Drive will now be standard on all 27 inch configurations as well as the high-end 21.5 inch iMac. And it's especially important, given that these new iMacs are pulling double duty as Apple's primary desktop computer until it sorts out the situation with the Mac Pro sometime next year, although the newly announced iMac Pro slated for later this year should help with that.

Much of the focus at Apple's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference running from June 5-9 in San Jose seems to be on the software and mobile device sides. Be sure to follow along with TMO's coverage from the event.

Apple has faced criticism for neglecting professional users in the past few years, with musicians particularly ignored by the company's recent updates. One such announcement is the launch of new 13 inch MacBook Pro which has been listed for a price starting from $1,299 in the US. The top-end iMac Pro with 18-core Xeon processor, 128GB ECC memory and 4TB SSD, will meanwhile, be capable of driving up to 44 million pixels simultaneously. And for half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, iMac Pro delivers up to a 22 Teraflops of performance.

The new iMac Pro is targeted towards specific set of people, so it doesn't really matter to Apple if the PC market is declining.

Sitting in the same design as the conventional iMac, the iMac Pro takes things to the next level with a huge amount of power. To bridge the gap, it's built a superpowered version of its all-in-one iMac that will be available in December.

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Photos will get some minor updates, including improved face detection, sorting tools and editing options. Pricing on the MacBook Pro will start at $1,299.

Apple refreshed its entire lineup of MacBooks with the latest Intel processors.

In iOS 11, Apple's forthcoming mobile operating system, the company is introducing peer-to-peer payments through iMessage.

It's also adding a feature to block notifications while the phone is in Car Play mode. This will not only make the most of the GPUs Macs ship with, a $600 developer kit including an AMD Radeon RX580, external GPU chassis and USB-C port is to be made available to support using Metal and Thunderbolt to integrate external GPUs.