Apple Adds iMac Pro as Other Macs Get Performance Upgrades

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Nearly lost in the landslide of product announcements at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was the reveal the MacBook Pro received an important update: The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that should provide a speed boost.

There are a number of things that are expected to be announced at WWDC 2017.

The new iMacs and Macbooks are on sale today. The stock closed off $1.57 at $153.88 per share, off around 1 percent on the day. We expect the stock to peak somewhere north of $160 at some point.

Apple also sells an "affordable" 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is based on specifications from a model that sold in 2015 and is available only in silver.

The screen's the same bright and vivid 12-inch Retina display with 2,304 x 1,440 resolution.

The 21.5-inch iMac will start at $1099 and the 4K 21.5-inch model at $1299. Unlike the new iMac 2017 range, the iMac Pro wouldn't be shipping anytime soon.

The screen is incredible, with detailed images like a 3D map of NY rendered beautifully on the faster 120Hz display.

The rest of the Mac line will also be getting the Kaby Lake processor up to1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz.

Up to 1 TB SSD storage, up to 16 GB memory.

These new, more powerful iMacs represent Apple making good on a vow to introduce PCs that cater to the professional market. These processors can be paired with as much as 128GB of memory, with Apple offering error-correcting code memory instead of standard RAM.

Watch Jason Dufner hole out for eagle during record-setting round
It added to a 71, and he was six shots behind. "I'll probably hit a few putts with the hands shaking and everything like that". Former Irish Open champion Jamie Donaldson shot 69 for eight-under and a two-shot lead ahead of Italy's Renato Paratore.

Graphics cards are getting a spec boost in the updated iMacs, too.

One particularly exciting hardware update that has arguably been a few months overdue centers on Apple's flagship MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.

Will run iOS 11, which has new features like a file browser for file searching, an improved bottom doc, other improved windowing and multi-tasking features.

Banks of iMacs and MacBook Pros were connected to HTC Vive VR headsets, a first for Apple computers.

Availability date: TBA, with OS releases typically appearing early- to mid-Fall. "Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before".

Rows of iPads were set up to show off ARkit, a set of tools coming with iOS 11 in September that will enable App developers to create incredible augmented reality experiences.

These were flashy demonstrations created to prove the possibilities of AR, but if Apple's AR toolkit for developers is as easy to implement as Apple suggests, iOS could quickly become the platform for augmented reality.

Apple is using the most cutting-edge graphics in Macs. We've eliminated the techy details, thought there are many for the geeks in our investing crowd. Particularly as these new Kaby Lake machines are cheaper as well. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.AMD, the AMD logo, Radeon, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.in the USA and other countries. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media.

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