Apple updates iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro

Apple today updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, faster storage options and brighter Retina displays, and added a Retina 4K display and discrete graphics to the $1,299 (US) 21.5-inch iMac. With its incredibly thin and seamless enclosure, fast processors and storage and stunning Retina display, iMac sets the gold standard for desktops. iMac delivers powerful performance for 3D graphics, video editing and gaming, and with macOS High Sierra coming this fall, iMac becomes a great platform for virtual reality content creation. Apple also today updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with faster processors, added faster SSDs to MacBook and introduced a new $1,299 (US) 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“With major updates to iMac, and a refresh of our MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, the Mac is stronger than ever,” said John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering, in a statement. “Today iMac gets a huge graphics performance increase, faster CPU performance, Thunderbolt 3 and a brighter Retina display with support for 1 billion colors. We’re also increasing CPU and SSD speed on MacBook, adding faster processors and making faster graphics standard on our 15-inch MacBook Pro and introducing a new $1,299 (US) 13-inch MacBook Pro.”


Apple's iMac receives major update featuring more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3 and brighter displays
Apple’s iMac receives major update featuring more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3 and brighter displays

The updated iMac features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and supports up to twice the memory as the previous generation. Fusion Drive is now standard on all 27-inch configurations and the top-end 21.5-inch iMac. SSD storage options are now up to 50 percent faster, and iMac comes with Thunderbolt 3, the most powerful and versatile port ever.

Graphics on iMac are much more powerful across the line with the new Radeon Pro 500-series graphics with up to 8GB of vRAM. The 21.5-inch model delivers up to three times faster performance and the 27-inch model is up to 50 percent faster.

iMac also comes with the best Mac display ever, now 43 percent brighter at 500 nits and with support for 1 billion colors, delivering an even more vivid and true-to-life viewing experience.

MacBook & MacBook Pro

With thin and light designs, powerful performance, amazing displays and all-day battery life, Mac notebooks deliver the world’s best portable computing experience.* MacBook now features faster Kaby Lake processors up to 1.3 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz and up to 50 percent faster SSD, and supports up to twice the memory. Weighing just two pounds and measuring 13.1mm thin, MacBook is our thinnest and lightest notebook for all-day, on-the-go computing.

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro features Kaby Lake processors up to 3.5 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro goes up to 3.1 GHz Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes standard with more powerful discrete graphics with more video memory, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro adds a new $1,299 (US) configuration. With the revolutionary Touch Bar with Touch ID, gorgeous 500-nit Retina display, Thunderbolt 3 and incredible performance in a portable design, MacBook Pro is the best pro notebook Apple has ever made.

Apple today also updated the 13-inch MacBook Air with a 1.8 GHz processor.


– The updated iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are available to order today on, and available to buy in Apple Stores starting on Wednesday, June 7. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

– Every customer who buys Mac from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup, in-store or online**, to help them set up email, show them how to install apps and more.

– Anyone who wants to start with the basics or go further with their new Mac can sign up for free sessions at

* Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary.

** In most countries.

Apple’s all new iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, starts at $4,999; arrives this December – June 5, 2017


  1. Pulling my hair out about the new Macbook Pro. Still stuck at max 16 GB memory. There isn’t even config option to increase it. Other high-end laptops now support 64 GB RAM.

    The classic line about 640K being enough for anyone now belongs to Apple: “16GB should be enough for anybody.”

    1. And of course Apple and the worst of its fanboi apologists no longer have the excuse about the latest Intel motherboard supporting lower-power RAM not being available. The latest, Kaby Lake, is in these MBPs. It inherently supports the lower-energy RAM. Apple alone decided not to offer more, and the only explanation is pure Apple arrogance that no pros could possibly need more than 16 GB on a pro laptop.

    2. Actually, that was Intel that said that. They produced a mobile chip that can’t use mobile RAM. So, other companies are putting desktop RAM in mobile enclosures. They COULD make them thicker to add desktop memory and the additional battery that would require it, but they’re apparently not going to 🙂

      I was chuckling at stories earlier this year (you can google them) in January saying APPLE TO UPDATE MBP AND INCLUDE 32 G OF DESKTOP RAM. Not unless it got a LOT more power efficient because they are NOT going to go thicker.

      1. So fashion trumps performance on a machine labeled “Pro”?

        Apple seems determined to remain the loser in market share and profit share with the Mac then. This company has truly lost its bearings.

        1. As far as Intel is concerned, yes. I mean, when you’re dependent on a supplier of MOBILE cpu’s that don’t plan to make MOBILE cpu’s compatible with MOBILE memory for who knows how long, you start to wonder who’s running things at Intel.

          1. Intel is not the problem. A few millimeters of thickness more and a MBP could use standard RAM (as well as more ports, replaceable hard drives, bigger swappable battery, etc). There is nothing about the current MBP that says “Pro”. You try to produce an orchestral piece on one and tell me how well 16 GB ram works out. To stay on the Mac, we would have to buy desktops. With windows we have the option of a real powerhouse laptop. That is how it is.

    3. RAM doesn’t matter as much with SSD. I never upgraded RAM on my fusion drive iMac and it’s been working just fine.

      Of course it’s easier to complain about Apple.

      1. The updates to the Macbook are welcome. But it is, frankly, embarrassing that Apple is flogging the out-of-date Airs with screens that are now the worst in the industry.

        Flogging tech three years out-of-date for computers that are meant to last at least three more years. By the time their life ends, their screens will be antique.

  2. The new iMac check most of my boxes and I’ll be placing an order as soon as Apple announces their Back to School promo.

    I wanted Space Gray but Apple is saving that for the iMac Pro. But, the other item on my wish list was an extended Magic Keyboard and Apple finally provided that option ($30 upcharge)

  3. $2,500 on the Educational Store gets you:
    •4.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz
    •16GB 2400MHz DDR4
    •2TB Fusion Drive
    •Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB video memory
    •Magic Mouse 2
    •Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – US English

  4. Would I be correct in assuming that the term “Configurable”, when it comes to the RAM in the new iMac, means that the end user cannot add RAM to it?
    Apple are really proud of their RAM!

    1. I’m thinking the “door” will still be on the back it.

      I’ll wait for the ifixit teardown to find out what is really in the new 27″ iMac and then order one……

    1. The Apple brass did mention the mini’s importance at their about face the other month. I guess we’ll wait for an update later this year, possibly without fanfare.

  5. SO the MB Air got a speed bump but no retina. Thats just sloppy and stupid.
    MacBook still no magsafe connector and still 1 port? That just makes it hard to use.
    And the laptops are still so expensive. Apple needs to either make them something amazing or drop the price. Its not the Apple i use to know. Tim has ruined the company

  6. I see Apple did all kinds of neat things to the iPad Pro and IOS 11 but we are still behind on the computers. Its clear now to me that Apple no longer is a computer company but wants to be a mobile company.
    I am scared if we will even have a Mac in 10 years. Sad Days are coming.

    1. don’t be scared. Just like the Apple II is not made anymore, one day the mac will no longer be made… and some later day what we know of as iOS devices wont be made anymore. Time marches on.

      1. The Apple II was replaced be a more capable machine.

        Apple has nothing remotely as good as the Mac OS to supercede it, even after 6 years of putting all resources behind iCloud and sealed disposable computers.

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