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

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Yesterday, 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.
    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.
    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able to hold off until next year for a more significant update do so instead of purchasing the just-updated but still outdated Mac Pro models.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.

    Article Link: Apple Spokesperson Confirms New Mac Pro Designs Likely Coming in 2013 [Update: Not iMac]
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2004
    finally a redesign of the mac pro!
  3. Hakone, Jun 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    Yay... another year w/ my BSOD-prone Dell. :(
  4. macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2010
    2013 is a long ways away for an Ivy Bridge iMac. :(
  5. macrumors 68020

    Apr 10, 2011
    Won't Haswell be around the corner then? lol
  6. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    What about mini?
  7. macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    if "designs" also includes cases this will be very interesting. I wonder what possibilities there are with the mac pro case.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    London, England
    Gosh, 2013? Will they add Mr.Fusion to it?
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Perpetual Ketchup. The new apple sauce.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2003
    Well, there goes the sales for the rest of 2012. Someone at Apple should look up "The Osbourne Effect" on Wikipedia. Guess they had to announce something due to the backlash.
  11. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Cuidad de México
    I guess the special sauce for next year is the insane marketing graphics and text they can come up with when Ivy Bridge-E destroys good old Westmere. You know the same Ivy Bridge-E that every other workstation uses?
  12. CIA, Jun 12, 2012
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    macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    I can't imagine they are selling boatloads of MacPro's at the moment, announcement or not...

    I was ready to pounce on a new MP, but my 2008 8 core 3.2 machine will hold me over until next year. Glad I bought top of the line years ago. The 2008 top of the line I have now was actually a Applecare free replacement for my Quad G5 from 2005(?) that blew up. (Yay liquid cooled!)
    So really I haven't even bought a new Mac desktop for 7 years, Talk about ROI. I feel for people with 1st Gen MacPro's tho.
    This news gives me some extra time to save up some cash to get a nice new top of the line 2013 machine that should last me another 6 years.

    {Edit} Mac Pro updates, we are used to being jerked around by Apple, so whatever at this point. But seriously, no iMac update until 2013? I get the laptop is king, but schools buy iMacs right? That shocks me. They could do a small refresh to Ivy Bridge with the same case in a few weeks to hold everyone over until 2013. Waiting that long to refresh the top selling desktop is horrible. Arrogant really.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    We've had a hexacore on order for a few weeks, and this new *cough* update *cough* has saved us £500, which is nice.

    If it was't for the fact that we need a Pro Tools HD rig we would have waited.

    Very interested to see what a re-design of the Mac Pro will bring, as I still maintain that it is one of Apples best designed computers, a truly solid blend of form and function for a company that can at times be guilty of form over function.

    Good of them to actually say that proper updates are on their way, and I wish they would be more open and transparent with professional users on a permanent basis, as it would then give us more confidence in the platform, and not have us worrying about having to jump ship.
  14. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Lol. Recommendation: Don't buy! Days since last update: 1

    Priceless :)
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    What about the Mac Mini???

  16. macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2007
    So much for doubling down on secrecy.
  17. macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I wonder which Westmere CPUs they will upgrade to in 2013? Possibly the 3.46 GHz? The fastest Mac EVER

    I am also expecting a bump up to the all new and powerful AMD RADEON 5870 HD as standard.


    Hey, at least they've kept the ODD, Firewire and Gigabit Ethernet. Considering the complaints about losing those on the MBP sub-forum, some people should be happy. :p
  18. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2003
    Yeah, but iMacs?
  19. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    No one is going to buy because there is nothing new. They had to not be expecting anyone to buy other than business that was holding off for new tech anyway. Osbourne Effect not relevant. What they will see is market share leaving for the box's that continue to use parts that are current.
  20. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    While I can understand that professionals would be prepared to hold out for a new mp next year, I don't see that happening for the iMac. Unless the imac gets a bump this year , then it's likely going to drive a lot of people away. Towards the end of the year, Who would seriously consider buying an iMac that's 18mths old at a higher than average consumer price.

    I think they would still fill order books on pre orders if they announced an updated iMac ith a shipping date of 6 to 8 weeks
  21. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    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.
  22. macrumors 68040

    Jul 30, 2003
    "There will be a new design of the iMac in 2013." An update like the MBA and MBP is still likely to come this year. No reason not update the iMac (and Mac mini), if you look at them, the new processors (and motherboards with USB 3) seem like a pretty straight drop-in.
  23. macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I don't think it matters to the average consumer. I went to my local Apple store today in the hope of checking out the new MBP. They had the old MBPs and MBAs and not even a mention anywhere that they had just been refreshed. People were still buying them along with iMacs.


    I think you'll find the response at WWDC would also have had an impact.
  24. macrumors 68020

    Apr 10, 2011
    I agree there with you.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    That's good to hear if true.

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