Apple, very quietly, updated the Mac Pro Monday, alongside the MacBook line’s refresh. This update was meager at best, offering only minor processor speed bumps- no Thunderbolt and no USB 3.
Since then, one customer email Apple CEO Tim Cook, and asked what was happening to the Mac Pro. Here is the email from Tim Cook, in it’s entirety:
Thanks for your email. Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the current model today.
We’ve been continuing to update Final Cut Pro X with revolutionary pro features like industry leading multi-cam support and we just updated Aperture with incredible new image adjustment features.
We also announced a MacBook Pro with a Retina Display that is a great solution for many pros.
So it seems that they are working on a new version. Later, Forbes received word from an Apple spokesperson. They claim that new Mac Pros and iMacs are in the works and will likely be released in 2013.
Not leaving well enough alone, Apple later clarified that only the Mac Pro is expected to be updated in 2013. This leaves no word on when the iMac might see an update. As it stands, the iMac is need of an update as well, but not nearly as badly as the Mac Pro, which is nearly two years old.
In short, there must be one hell of an update in the works for the Mac Pro to delay it’s release until next year, which even if it is updated at the beginning of 2013, means the machine will be well over two and a half years old at that point. That is truly unprecedented in this day and age of the computer industry.