Apple has updated its iMac line with up to three times more powerful graphics, faster processors, Thunderbolt 3, storage options and brighter Retina displays, and added a Retina Ultra HD display and discrete graphics to the US$1,299 21.5-inch iMac. The iMac supports 3D graphics, video editing and gaming, and with macOS High Sierra coming this fall, iMac becomes a platform for virtual reality content creation.
The updated iMac features Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz 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% faster. The iMac also comes with Thunderbolt 3 port.
Graphics on iMac are 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% faster, according to Apple. iMac also comes with a new display that is 43% brighter at 500nits and with support for one billion colors.