AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

Announced during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) last night, AMD's Radeon Pro 500 series can be found in the company's updated iMac all-in-one systems and MacBook Pro laptops - but not, interestingly, the iMac Pro Apple will launch in December with significantly more powerful Vega-based graphics. In WWDC 2017 keynote, they announced an update to its iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineup of devices.

Apple's new iPad Pro features a 10.5-inch display, offering 20 percent more screen estate than the previous 9.7 inch iPad Pro. All the models take upgrades to Intel's 7 Generation kaby Lake Processors.

Does the new iMac Pro live up to its description? The new Radeon Pro Vega can deliver up to 11 teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and high frame rate virtual reality.

The updated iMac features faster 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.

The iMac Pro also comes with up to 128GB of memory and 4GB of flash storage.

The iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch model also has a new lower price of $1,299, while the non-4K 21.5-inch starts at $1,099 and the 27-inch begins at $1,799.

"Today iMac gets a huge graphics performance increase, faster CPU performance, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display with support for 1 billion colors", said Ternus. Apple has also updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with faster processors, added faster SSDs to MacBook and introduced a new US$1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we're committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers. They still include a performance-boosting 64MB of eDRAM, which gives them a big leg up compared to MacBook Pros from 2015 and earlier.

"The entry-level 21.5" model features an Intel Iris Plus 640 GPU while the 4K model now supports discrete AMD Radeon Pro 550 graphics with up to 4Gb of VRAM. It's unclear whether the new MagSafe technology will work with current USB-C chargers or whether they will require a brand new port.

MacBook prices start at $1,299 while the non-Touch Bar version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro will also start at $1,299. This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time.

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