Professional level users who rely on Apple’s Mac Pro lineup were not a little disappointed when the list of WWDC announcements didn’t include their beloved tower of power. But an email from Tim Cook has given them a ray of hope that Apple is working on “something really great” to address the professional market.
The email, addressed to a user named Franz, was re-posted to a Mac Pro advocacy group on Facebook, and then to MacRumors. In the email, Cook tells the user not to worry, “as we’re working on something really great for later next year.”
Apple confirmed to Macworld that the message is indeed from Cook.
The entire email reads:
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.
Apple did upgrade the Mac Pro yesterday, but the upgrades were only to processor and RAM configurations. Thunderbolt, USB 3, or any other changes weren’t made.
Update: Forbes has followed up with additional confirmation that both the Mac Pro and iMac lineups have updates coming down the road, likely appearing next year. They say the information was provided directly by an Apple spokesperson.
An Apple spokesman just told me that new models and new designs of the Mac Pro, as well as the iMac desktop, are in the works and will likely be released in 2013. That confirms what New York Times columnist David Pogue said yesterday, citing an unnamed Apple executive, about Apple’s commitment to its desktop computers.
Many buyers guides are now recommending that users who can wait, do so until next year, in order to obtain the benefits of the significant updates coming down the road.
Update 2: An Apple PR representative has clarified that “only the Mac Pro” is expected to be next updated in 2013.