Because Apple brought only incremental improvements to the Mac Pro, many people tend to believe that the company is going to put an end to the production of the much-admired desktop. The incredible power of the new MacBook Pro is just another contributor to that conviction. However, it appears that the Cupertino tech giant doesn't have such plans at least as of now.
David Pogue of the New York Times came up with an article Monday, in which he cited an anonymous Apple executive who said that the company was planning to revitalize its desktop computers. An executive did assure me, however, that new MacPro designs are under way, probably for release in 2013, Pogue wrote.
As The Verge noted, while many reports suggest that the iMac and Mac Pro will be redesigned, Pogue's story in fact doesn't spell out either of those, it merely mentioned new models and new designs.
However, two other websites - Macworld and Forbes - claimed Tuesday that they have official confirmation from Apple that the Mac Pros are indeed getting redesigned by next year.
An Apple spokesman told Connie Guglielmo of Forbes that new models and new designs of the Mac Pro are in the works and will likely be released in 2013.
When it comes to Macworld's report, it seems to have the most authentic source - none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook himself. According to the report, Cook apparently confirmed in an email to an Apple customer that the company is working on 'something really great' to address the professional market.
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.
Macworld said Apple confirmed to it that the message was indeed from Cook.
The Mac Pro, which starts at $2,499, hadn't been updated since 2010. The WWDC 2012 brought tiny update to it by changing the processor and RAM configuration, which, according to Andy Hertzfeld, a computer scientist, formerly working with Apple, is inconsequential.
The specs for the new Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump. Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements - it seems like it's stuck in time in 2010. The only thing that's still high-end about it is the bloated price, Hertzfeld wrote in a note posted to his Google+ account.
Apple now offers two standard configurations of the Mac Pro. Priced at $2,499, the base model features a 3.2GHz quad-core Xeon W3565 processor, clocking at a speed of 3.46GHz using Turbo Boost.
On the other hand, the $3,799 model features two 2.4GHz six-core Xeon E5645 processors, with Turbo Boost performance up to 2.67GHz.