New Mac Pro: Still hope

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
June 13th, 2012 • 9:47 am

Like many other “professional” Mac users, I suspect, I was quite disappointed with the recent WWDC announcements. I love my iPad, but more iOS-like features in OS X don’t do a thing for me. A MacBook Pro with a Retina display is great, but it’s still early days and it will probably be a long time before we have affordable 27” Retina displays on our desktops. (I say displays, because I need at least two of them myself.)

The biggest let-down, however, was the absence of news about the future of the Mac Pro and the fact that, without mentioning it at WWDC, Apple replaced the existing models (from 2010!) with new models in which the only change is a minor speed bump. No Thunderbolt ports, no USB 3.0 ports… It didn’t look good for the future of pro-level Macs.

But then yesterday Macworld published this article:

Cook: Apple planning professional Mac for 2013

in which Apple CEO Tim Cook is quoted as saying:

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.

While there is of course no guarantee that Apple won’t change their minds between now and then, it’s still a relief to read that, at this point, Apple has not given up on the pro market altogether. My 2009 Mac Pro should still last another year at least, and I can wait if there is the promise of “something great”… One wonders how many Mac Pros hopes to sell between now and mid-2013 with such an announcement and why they are not introducing much needed features like the new ports sooner, but sometimes Apple works in really mysterious ways.

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