AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

Randall Craig
June 12, 2017

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will start at $649 while the 12.9-inch will cost $799 for the base models.

Apple iMac 21.5-inch standard variant.

Both the MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups have received an update to Intel's latest 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs and although it is just a minor update from previously available 6th generation Skylake CPUs, the new CPUs will surely benefit from a higher frequency and better GPU, which offers full hardware 10-bit HEVC encode/decode. The iMac comes with support for USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt. And the 27-inch 5K Retina display model will have a choice of Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 graphics cards with up to 8GB of VRAM for 5.5 teraflops of graphics computing. In AMD's press release, they explain: "It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling unbelievable content creation, gaming and VR experiences".

The Fusion Drives are said to be standard on all the variants and there are additional SSD storage options that are up to 50% faster. Additionally, the new machines will come with an improved 1080p scale FaceTime Camera, Bluetooth 4.2 and UHS-II SDXC card slot. The new iMac Pro is touted as "an entirely new workstation-class product line designed for pro users with the most demanding workflows". The major highlight of the device will be the next-generation of Intel Xeon processors with up to 18 cores.

Digitimes previously reported that the upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units now, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017. Further, the iMac Pro features a stunning new space grey enclosure that allows incredible performance for virtual reality content creation, advanced graphics editing, and real-time 3D rendering. It will have SSDs with storage of 1TB to 4TB, up to 128GB of ECC RAM, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The device features an all-flash architecture and new thermal design, which helps it to deliver up to 80 percent more cooling capacity in the same iMac design. The price still remained at USA $999.

"We're thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro". Now it gets one step closer in the new iPad Pro.

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