WWDC: Brighter iMac Display, Intel Kaby Lake Processors Highlight Updates to Mac PCs

Apple's introducing sweeping changes to its line of Mac computers, not the least of which are sharper displays and faster Intel processors.


Brighter, sharper displays and faster processing underpinned the changes Apple announced for its line of Mac computers at this morning's WWDC.

At the top of the slew of announcements, Apple revealed that new iMac displays are 43 percent brighter, capable of displaying one billion colors, and sport 10-bit dithering. All new iMacs will sport faster GPUs. The standard 21.5-inch iMac will run an Iris Plus 640, while a Radeon 550 and 560 will ping away on the 4K, 21.5-inch iMac. Meanwhile, the 27-inch iMac will receive Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs. Power users will be happy to learn that discrete graphics will be standard in those models.

Upgraded specs for iMacs will result in price changes across the board. Prices start at $1099 and run all the way up to $1799.

As an aside, Apple delighted attendees with a sneak peek at the upcoming iMac Pro, which will feature AMD Vega GPUs among other high-end features. The iMac Pro will ship in December for $4999.

Moving on to its MacBook line, Apple announced that new models will run on Intel's Kaby Lake processors. A 13-inch MacBook Pro, starting at $1299, headlines Apple's updated line, which ship out today.

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