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Topic: Current Hardware

High Sierra firmware suggests Secure Enclave, Intel 'Purley' chips coming to iMac Pro

06/22/2017, 06:06 pm

A report on Thursday suggests Apple's forthcoming iMac Pro all-in-one will run Intel's server-class "Purley" Xeon platform, as well as a Secure Enclave Processor similar in function to the ARM-based chip embedded in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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Review: Apple's 2017 27" 5K iMac impresses with truly powerful desktop-class graphics

06/22/2017, 12:06 pm

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 27 inch Retina 5K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 570, 575, and 580 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 wide color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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Watch: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets dedicated graphics, Kaby Lake

06/16/2017, 12:06 pm

All of Apple's 21.5-inch 4K iMac models now have the necessary pixel pushing power of dedicated graphics cards, thanks to the latest refresh. Take a closer look at the updated all-in-one desktop in AppleInsider's video review.

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2017 4K, 5K iMacs won't support Target Display Mode, despite Thunderbolt 3

06/15/2017, 05:06 pm

Apple has definitively stated that new 2017 iMacs will not support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

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Review: Apple's 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K display gets solid 2017 architectural refresh

06/15/2017, 03:06 pm

Apple has radically overhauled its iMac lineup for 2017, giving its 21.5 inch Retina 4K models dedicated graphics driven by AMD Radeon Pro 555/560 GPUs; a brighter display with enhanced P3 color; more powerful Intel Kaby Lake CPUs; upgradable RAM sockets; faster SSD drives and modern, ultrafast USB C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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Watch: 2017 12" MacBook with Intel Kaby Lake vs. 2015 version

06/13/2017, 09:06 pm

As part of last week's MacBook refresh, Apple released an upgraded version of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, incorporating Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, faster SSDs and minor aesthetic improvements. AppleInsider pits the new version against its 2015 predecessor in this video.

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Review: Apple's new 12" MacBook boasts incremental speed improvements

06/13/2017, 07:06 pm

Apple last week refreshed its MacBook lineup with processor upgrades and minor aesthetic tweaks, with the 12-inch MacBook benefiting from new Intel silicon and faster SSDs. Are the changes enough to prompt existing owners to upgrade? Find out in AppleInsider's video review.

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Watch: 2017 MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake CPU vs. Apple's 2016 Skylake model

06/11/2017, 01:06 pm

Released in late 2016, the redesigned MacBook Pro without Touch Bar came with Intel's previous-generation Skylake processors. This month, they were refreshed with next-gen Kaby Lake processors, and AppleInsider put the two models head to head to compare their performance.

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Review: Apple's new Kaby Lake 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar unexpectedly speedy vs. 2016 model

06/10/2017, 01:06 pm

After less than a year on the market, the 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar has been upgraded with Intel's Kaby Lake processor -- and a lower price. Are the changes (and downgrade, in one notable case) to get the price down enough to get you to buy one?

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2017 21.5-inch 4K iMac memory upgrade kit includes 32GB of RAM, tools to take it apart

06/09/2017, 10:06 am

Repair advice and spare parts supplier iFixit is capitalizing on the discovery that the memory and processor inside the new 21.5-inch 4K iMac can be removed and replaced, by creating a RAM upgrade kit that can allow users to open up their iMac and boost the memory up to the maximum capacity.

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Teardowns find Apple's 2017 MacBook & MacBook Pro models virtually unchanged in design

06/08/2017, 09:06 pm

Apple's new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro models are essentially unchanged from their predecessors apart from performance boosts, according to teardowns published on Thursday.

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Teardown, testing discover Apple made 2017 iMacs easier for users to upgrade

06/08/2017, 09:06 am

Apple is making its recently-released iMacs more easily upgradeable, with retailer OWC confirming the base specification 27-inch 5K iMac can be fitted with up to 64GB of RAM, while an iFixit teardown reveals both the memory and the processor used in the 21.5-inch 4K iMac can be removed and replaced.

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New 5K iMac GPU configurations at least double best performance of MacBook Pro

06/06/2017, 12:06 pm

As with the initial Radeon Pro release with the 2016 MacBook Pro, Apple hasn't provided that much detail on the same family of GPUs used in the new iMacs -- but AMD has shed some light on the new processors, showing a radical improvement over the predecessors.

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Apple's MacBook refresh buys time for bigger changes

06/05/2017, 11:06 pm

Overshadowed by new hardware "sneak peeks" and software news, Apple on Monday updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups with Intel Kaby Lake processors, while giving the MacBook Air a minor speed boost.

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With eGPU and virtual reality support in High Sierra, Valve launches SteamVR for macOS

06/05/2017, 11:06 pm

Alongside the debut of the first macOS High Sierra beta on Monday, Valve launched its own first beta of SteamVR for the Mac, giving early testers the ability to sample virtual reality experiences on compatible Macs.

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Apple slips wireless Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad onto online store [u]

06/05/2017, 06:06 pm

Amid new Macs and iPads shown off at WWDC 2017, Apple on Monday also quietly released the wireless Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, available for $129.

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First look: Apple's powerful iMac Pro

06/05/2017, 05:06 pm

Apple at WWDC 2017 offered a sneak peek of its upcoming iMac Pro, an all-in-one desktop packed with cutting edge components -- and a sexy Space Gray finish -- worthy of imaging professionals.

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Apple launches speedy new iMacs capable of VR content creation with USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports

06/05/2017, 01:06 pm

Focused on professional users, Apple on Monday unveiled a revamped iMac lineup with faster and more capable hardware, which will allow for the creation of graphics-intensive virtual reality content with macOS High Sierra.

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Availability of 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar slips ahead of rumored refresh

05/30/2017, 01:05 am

Amid rumors of an incoming hardware refresh supposedly set to debut at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple on Monday updated online availability of its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models to push back estimated delivery dates to June 5.

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Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011 MacBook Pros

05/21/2017, 12:05 pm

Apple is no longer supporting 2011 MacBook Pros as a part of its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, according to updated support documents.

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