Updates for iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Apple’s line-up of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.
Apple’s line-up of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.PHOTO: APPLE

At WWDC 2017, Apple announced updates to its entire line-up of laptops and all-in-one desktops that form the core of Apple's computer business.

The new models are more accessible in terms of pricing and pack enough processing power to satisfy even professionals.

iMAC

The updated Retina-display iMacs feature the seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors (up to 4.2GHz) and support up to twice the system memory (up to 64GB) of their predecessors.

There is now an entry-level 21.5-inch iMac (starts from $1,898) with a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics processor.

The new iMacs are fitted with the new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics processor with up to 8GB of video memory (for 27-inch iMac).

The iMacs' display is also updated with support for a billion colours. And, at 500 nits, it is 43 per cent brighter than previous models. The new iMacs also feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, so users can connect to two external Thunderbolt displays or daisy-chain a host of Thunderbolt devices.

MACBOOK, MACBOOK PRO AND MACBOOK AIR

The 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro are all updated with the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.

Apple's lightest and thinnest laptop, the 12-inch MacBook (from $1,898), measures only 13.1mm at its thickest point and weighs just 920g. Its sleek aluminium chassis houses a 12-inch Retina display (2,304 x 1,440 pixels) and it now comes standard with 256GB of flash storage (up from 128GB).

Appealing to creative professionals like photographers and videographers, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro (from $3,488) comes standard with a more powerful Radeon graphics processor of at least 2GB of video memory (customisable up to 4GB). Its flash storage capacity can be increased to 2TB.

Both the Touch Bar 13-inch (from $2,588) and 15-inch MacBook Pros now come with 500-nit Retina displays and four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The 13-inch MacBook Air (from $1,328) used to be the thinnest laptop in the world. But now it is just the entry-model of Apple's laptop line and only updated with a fifth-generation Intel 1.8 GHz processor. However, it is still an affordable laptop with a good balance of power and portability.

The refreshed iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook and MacBook Pro are available now.

Trevor Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'Updates for iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air'. Print Edition | Subscribe