WWDC 2017: Apple refreshes its MacBook line up, launches new iPad Pro and iMac Pro


Apple is giving its 12 inch MacBook a spec boost.

The Cupertino firm announced that its ultra thin laptop would be getting Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor, which should bring improvements in both speed and battery life.

In addition, Apple said the MacBook will be getting 50 percent speed boost in its solid state drive.

Meanwhile the 13 inch and 15 inch versions of the MacBook Pro have also been updated. The 13 inch version now boasts the same Kaby Lake processor up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz.

The 15 inch version includes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz and also comes with improved graphics.

Apple also said that the 13 inch MacBook Air will be upgraded to 1.8GHz processor.

Prices for the updated MacBook’s start at:

MacBook $1299
MacBook Pro 13 inch $1299
MacBook Pro 13 inch with Touch Bar $1799
MacBook Pro 15 inch with Touch Bar $2399

10.5 inch iPad Pro

Apple also announced the launch of a new 10.5 inch iPad Pro, which has a retina display and weighs only 0.45kg.

The screen is large enough to accommodate a full size keyboard and can be attached to Apple’s smart keyboard.

The new model replaces the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, with Apple increasing the size of the display while only marginally increasing the actual size of the tablet.

The 10.5 inch iPad Pro includes a new A10X fusion chip and also supports USB 3.0 file transfer and fast charging.

Apple also said it will double the memory of the new model with the entry level version coming with 64GB storage.

The new iPad Pro also includes the same 12MP rear facing camera on the iPhone 7 that can shoot 4K video.

iMac Pro

Apple says its new iMac Pro is its “most powerful Mac” and will cost $4,999.

The new desktop computer includes a 5K screen and also features a 1080p FaceTime camera and offers real time 3D rendering.

Due to go on sale in December, Apple says the iMac Pro has “the most advanced graphics ever in a Mac.”

In addition to the iMac Pro, Apple also updated its regular iMac, which now features faster Kaby Lake Processors up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost and supports up to twice the memory of the previous version.

Apple also says the SSD storage is 50 percent faster.


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