At WWDC 2017, Apple proved it hasn't forgotten about its pro users

Lynne Hanson
June 9, 2017

The base 1.2GHz Core m3 model is still $1,299 (£1,249 or AU$1,899), while a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 is $1,599 (£1,549 or AU$2,349) and a dual-core Core i7 is $1,749 (£1,684 or AU$2,589). The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro is a better deal for professional users with the new Kaby Lake processors. Apple also packed beefier discrete graphics with extra video memory for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, while the 13-inch model got a new $1,299 configuration in the United States.

The 12-inch MacBook has remained fairly stable over its three generations, with the same slim 2.03 pound body and high-res Retina display. Although the HomePod and iMac Pro are slated to arrive towards the end of the year in December, the iPad Pro is now available for order with shipments expected to arrive starting next week.

The recent specifications published by Apple for its new iMac Pro 2017 reveal certain interesting aspects for upcoming AMD Vega Pro lineup. But the entry-level model is an enticing option for current MacBook Air owners who are considering an upgrade.

Yet, as you can see, all of these are relatively easy fixes for the 2018 MacBook Pro. One of the major introductions was the refreshed MacBook Pro.

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Both systems have bright and clear IPS screens, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro has an advantage in screen size, resolution (2,560 by 1,600 versus 2,304 by 1,440), brightness (500 nits versus 300 nits), and DCI-P3 color gamut (the 12-inch MacBook has standard sRGB color). But before you ask, yes, it's still got just that one USB-C port. Apple also announced some upgrades to the beloved MacBook line, which has always been a hit with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners alike.

"Billed as "the most powerful Mac ever", the top of the range model will feature an 18-core processor that supports up to 4TB of SSD memory and comes with a 5K 27" retina display. In many respects, it's still overshadowed by rivals and Apple's own MacBook laptops, also updated this week. As someone who has typed hundreds of thousands of words across both previous generations of the 12-inch MacBook, I'm very pleasantly surprised by how good this keyboard feels. With an all-flash architecture and all-new thermal design, iMac Pro delivers up to 80% more cooling capacity in the same thin and seamless iMac design. Besides, the model is also integrated with Intel HD Graphics 630, 2GB Radeon Pro 555 and four Thunderbolts 3 with touch bar.

Apple says they don't tinker with the look of a product just for the sake of it and that's why the iMac hasn't had a design refresh. As a quick refresher, Apple's flagship MacBook Pro was derided for being overpriced and under-powered, with many users lamenting the fact that Apple's pro-oriented machine could only support 16GB of RAM.

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