Along with many new hardware launches, the Worldwide Developers Conferences hosted by Apple brought some upgrades to the company’s series of computers, both laptops (MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air) and desktop (iMac). Although there hasn’t been any change in the design or structure of these machines, they did receive new specs that promise to improve functionality.
Apple’s baseline MacBook line of laptops was not ignored in the WWDC and the company has refreshed the entire series by incorporating the more powerful 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processor chips. Previously, the MacBook had the 6th generation Skylake processors and although they were pretty damn fast, the new Kaby Lake processors are even faster offering new turbo speeds clocked at 1.3 GHz.
Along with a stronger processor, the 12-inch MacBook 2017 also has a 50 percent faster SSD storage with a new 16 GB RAM option.
The MacBook Pro hasn’t been around for a long time; the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar is especially a new invention by Apple, but this line of laptops is already receiving an update. All of the MacBook Pro models are now packing the 7th generation Kaby Lake processor, much like the original MacBook series.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has also seen a price drop and now has a price tag of $1,299 with 128 GB storage space which is around two hundred dollars less than its previous price. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar hasn’t seen a change in the cost, though.
As far as the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro is concerned, along with the upgrade in the hardware which gives it a turbo speed of 4.1 GHz, Apple has also improved the graphics of the device by incorporating a 4GB AMD Radeon Pro 560 GPU. However, the RAM remains the same – 16 GB.
The MacBook Air is also, thankfully, receiving an upgrade. Apple is giving the MacBook Air a speed boost owing to the 1.8 GHz Intel Processor Core i5 Broadwell CPU which is a lot better than the previous 1.6 GHz version. To our dismay, that’s about all the attention the Air got from the Apple in the WWDC. The screen panel is still the same 1440 x 900 and there are still no USB-C ports.
Apple has already announced its latest iMac Pro computer that is set to launch in December this year, but it hasn’t ignored the original iMac line either. Bringing good news to gamers, the company has announced more powerful specs for these desktop computers that will have better support for Virtual Reality. In terms of the display of the iMac, the screen will also be 43 percent brighter than the previous versions. Apple has also announced new storage variants for its iMac line and the incorporation of the Fusion Drive to its 27-inch iMac Powerhouse models.
VR applications will now be enjoyed by iMac users since the machines are getting new GPUs. The 21.5-inch iMac will pack the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 with 64MB eDRAM. The 21.5-inch iMac Retina 4K will receive the Radeon Pro 555/560, whereas the 27-inch iMac Powerhouse 5K is set to include the Radeon Pro 570, 575 or 580 GPU with 8GB of VRAM making it a machine that can offer up to 5.5 teraflops that is ideal for the VR experience.
Like the MacBook, iMac is also receiving a hardware update and will get the 7th generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors that will make these desktop computers a lot faster.
These upgrades to the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac might not seem major on the outlook but they definitely will improve the function of the machines.