Apple updates its iPad, iMac and MacBook ranges

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At its WWDC conference this year, Apple announced a slew of new and exciting products, along with updates to its popular iMac and MacBook lineup.

This is iMac completely remade for the professional user with the most powerful collection of workstation-class graphics, processors, storage, memory, and I/O of any Mac ever. The new thermal design will also allow for up to 80 percent more cooling capacity while up to 4 terabytes of SSD storage keeps the machine running smoothly and quietly. To power these screens, the whole iMac line is getting more powerful graphics cards, with up to three times the speed of the previous generation.

IMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to an fantastic 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR.

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

Even though the MacBook Pro line got an update late previous year, now they've gotten another one - and both standard MacBooks and the much-neglected MacBook Airs are getting a little love, too. This is a look at the reasons to buy the new MacBook Pro and why you should pass on this model for now.

Apple has changed the bundled small keyboard for the iMac though, which is now more compact and flat - I'd drop another $60 for the full-size Magic keyboard with a numeric keypad to go with the iMac. The new iPad Pro in both 10.5- and 12.9-inch models is said to deliver the "world's most advanced display", and improved performance thanks to its new A10X Fusion chip.

The latest version of macOS is High Sierra, and it while it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it has a lot of features we're looking forward to. The updated MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are all available now.

One of the more interesting narratives to surround Apple in recent years holds that the company has either forgotten or simply doesn't care about pro users anymore. The price for the top-end iMac comes in at a not insignificant £2,799.

What the Mac Pro offers - in its current configuration - is customization and after-sale upgrading by the user, something virtually impossible to do with an iMac. Apple says it's the firm's "best display ever" and it shows: with a blinding 500 nits of brightness spread across all 14.7 million pixels. He might just be right too, with several high profile changes, such as the introduction of an onscreen dock to the iPad, just like the Mac, making it easier to switch between apps on the fly. At $1,099, the base non-4K 21.5-inch iMac is a money-saving alternative, but you'll get a much lower-clocked processor and a return to integrated graphics.

Read our thoughts on the Apple iMac 21.5-inch and Apple iMac 27-inch models.

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