The new iMac packs a punch, but it doesn't come cheap.
Again, we'll see how the US$349 (NZ$489) Mac Pro cylinder-like HomePod works in practice in a few months' time - and if it will scare other vendors into action to come up with something as advanced. Apple's iMac with 4K display has Intel Core i5 quad-core processor with 3GHz or 3.4GHz clock speed.
You get more, faster memory too as standard, with up to 16GB of on-package high-bandwidth memory (HBM2) crammed inside the iMac Pro.
The iMac Retina 5K 27-inch will have a Radeon Pro 570, 575, or 580 and up to 8GB VRAM. Apple also added 80% more cooling capacity in the same iMac design to combat the heat from the increased computing power. Apple said the Radeon Pro Vega GPU will offer high frame rates in VR, real-time 3D rendering, and video effects production.
Alongside the Mac hardware upgrades, Apple also is discussing software updates to both at its conference this week. Then there's the 27-inch iMac with a 5K Retina display starting at $1,799 (roughly £1,395, AU$2,400). Quite an impressive difference.
The new iOS update of iOS includes an update to Siri that features improved speech, such as the ability to help translate sentences into different languages. iOS 11 also has become more cognitive, maintaining better on-device remembrances of what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now will remain in the iCloud for better record-keeping.
iMac also comes with the best Mac® display ever, now 43 percent brighter at 500 nits and with support for 1 billion colours, delivering an even more vivid and true-to-life viewing experience. Apple has integrated AMD Radeon Pro 500 in its next generation of iMac Pro. Additionally, depending on the size of the model, the new iMacs will support up to 32GB and 64GB RAM, twice as much as the previous generation.
Apple also says the SSD storage is 50 percent faster.
Other top-end configuration specs include up to 128GB of ECC memory, up to 4TB SSD, four Thunderbolt ports, 10GbE networking. The Cupertino based tech company is said to be stepping up with an upgraded MacBook Pro to knock out Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop. On paper at least it all certainly looks like a compelling option for users who love the form factor of a iMac and don't want to use a Mac Pro. That's an improvement over the old iMac's HD camera. This new model is called the iMac Pro and will be available later this year. The Standard 21.5-incher is $1,099 while the 27-inch 5K version remains at $1,799.