Apple Spokesperson Confirms New Mac Pro Designs Likely Coming in 2013 [Update: Not iMac]

macproYesterday, David Pogue of The New York Times vaguely stated in reference to Apple's desktop Mac lines that an unnamed Apple executive had informed him that "new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013." That information was taken to include both Mac Pro and iMac models, but was not explicitly clear.

Soon after we posted the article, we received a report from a reader who had emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about his disappointment in the lack of a significant Mac Pro update yesterday, with Cook responding to indicate that users can expect significant upgrades next year.

Our pro customers are really important to us...don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year.

Forbes now follows up with additional corroboration of both Mac Pro and iMac updates coming down the road, with the updates likely appearing next year. 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.

There was considerable disappointment from Apple's professional workstation users yesterday when Apple introduced only a very minor update to the Mac Pro, with Apple even taking the unusual step of removing the "New" designation on the Mac Pro in its online store today.

In light of the disappointing update with processors that are still several years old, we have tweaked our Buyer's Guide recommendations to suggest that users able to hold off until next year for a more significant update do so instead of purchasing the just-updated but still outdated Mac Pro models.

Update: Apple PR has reached out and clarified that only the Mac Pro is expected to be next updated in 2013. The company had no comment about the iMac, which perhaps means that the iMac could see updates earlier than next year. It has been 406 days since the iMac last received an update, significantly longer than the traditional iMac update interval.

Related Roundups: iMac, Mac Pro

Top Rated Comments

Small White Car Avatar
114 months ago
Man, Apple got scared. Having them admit even that much about a year-off product is a huge, huge change for them.

Looks like all the Internet bit**ing achieved at least a tiny result. That's new.
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
114 months ago
Lol. Recommendation: Don't buy! Days since last update: 1

Priceless :)
Score: 50 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacReloaded Avatar
114 months ago
So much for doubling down on secrecy.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Megagator Avatar
114 months ago
2013 is a long ways away for an Ivy Bridge iMac. :(
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stiksi Avatar
114 months ago
"You are very important to us, so we will take care of your needs right after we've done everything else."

Ok then.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
donlab Avatar
114 months ago
finally a redesign of the mac pro!
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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