Apples hardware blitz continues as it rolls out first update to the

Apple Inc. introduced the first update to its iMac all-in-one desktop computer since mid-2017, continuing a hardware blitz ahead of a highly anticipated event March 25 to unveil new media and entertainment services.The latest iMac adds speedier processors from Intel Corp. and new graphics engines from AMD. The new 4K 21.5-inch models are up to 60 per cent faster with 8th-generation quad-core chips, while the 5K 27-inch versions are up to 2.4 times faster with 9th-generation eight-core Intel processors, Apple said Tuesday.The new 21.5-inch iMac will still start at US$1,299, while the larger-screened model will sell for US$1,799. Apple is also still selling a 21.5-inch iMac without a 4K or 5K screen for US$1,099. Apple analysts skeptical that a foray into video will do anything to power up earnings In surprise move, Apple launches a new 10.5-inch iPad, updates Mini ahead of its March 25 event iPhone trends going ‘from bad to worse,’ as Apple struggles with slow demand Last year, the company introduced a revamped MacBook Air and Mac mini. It’s planning to launch a new Mac Pro, Apple’s highest-end desktop without a built-in screen, as early as June, Bloomberg has reported.The Mac hasn’t been Apple’s most important product for decades, taking a back seat to devices like the iPhone. But the category is a steady seller, generating about US$25 billion in annual revenues for Apple in the past half-decade. Still, the company had only 7 per cent of the global market in PC shipments during the fourth quarter, coming in fourth behind Lenovo Group Ltd., HP Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc., according to industry analyst Gartner Inc.The new iMacs are Apple’s second product launch this week, following the new iPad Air and iPad mini introduction on Monday.Bloomberg.com