Apple unveils 'the most powerful Mac we have ever made'

Talk about performance spec porn.                  James Martin  CNET

As expected, Apple, at its annual developer conference (WWDC) held in San Jose, announced minor performance upgrades to its MacBook lineup with the latest processors and quicker SSDs.

Schiller teased a "breakthrough home speaker", called "HomePod". In short, it can deliver 11 teraflops of computing performance or 22 teraflops with "half precision".

HomePod ships in December for $349. However, we are yet to know the Indian pricing and availability, as of now.

The 21.5-inch model will have Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, for a graphics speed boost of up to 80 percent. The tech giant is calling it the iMac Pro and it takes its design inspiration from the powerful 27-inch iMac but features next-generation hardware and will definitely make hardcore users drool.

The iMac Pro will have AMD Radeon Vega graphics with up to 16GB of VRAM. That includes adding some more ports, an additional USB-C port to be precise.

AMD is doing all sorts of great business with the likes of Ryzen, ThreadRipper, and their next-gen Vega GPU architecture making it into Apple's new iMac Pro.

"Today iMac gets a huge graphics performance increase, faster CPU performance, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display with support for 1 billion colours".

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with more powerful discrete graphics in its standard configuration.

The cylindrical Mac Pro was a gorgeous feat of engineering, but that attractive design also made it tough to update the thing with new components regularly. Considering the price of this machine, and the fact that Apple is likely to update it in the foreseeable future, this means that 8K resolution in an Apple desktop is still some time away. More details can be found at apple.com/imac-pro.

The updates are definitely welcome, especially on the MacBook Pro front, so if you've been waiting to snag a new Mac for months, now might be the time. It also provides up to 3 Gbps of throughput to help load large files and launch apps quickly. Instead, it's a small-scale update to macOS Sierra going from macOS 10.12 to 10.13.

One key feature: autoplay blocking. The next version of the operating system is watchOS 4. A new Siri watchface predicts what you'll want to see when you look at your wrist, while improvements to the device's fitness features will let you track new types of high-intensity workouts.

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