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Mac Pro to Be Updated in 2013; iMacs Much Sooner

By June 13, 2012

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The desktop Mac Pro received a very minor tweak (updated processor speeds) at WWDC, leading many to think that at best, it's on life support, waiting for someone at Apple to finally pull the plug on the most upgradable Mac model available.

Mac Pro to Be Updated in 2013; iMacs Much Sooner

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But MacRumors was quick to report that Apple's Tim Cook was already reassuring a Mac Pro fan by email:

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

While it's nice to see that the top man at Apple has some interest in the pro desktop Mac, it's difficult to believe that pro users are important to Apple when the Mac Pro hasn't been updated since the summer of 2010, and that was a speed bump that didn't do much to distinguish it from 2009 models. If a new Mac Pro is released in mid-2013, that would be about 50 months from the original March 2009 release, hardly the mark of an important product.

The iMac, on the other hand, appears to still be receiving some Apple love. Apple's PR department was quick to let the press community know that the email from Mr. Cook only concerned the Mac Pro. We can assume that other desktop Macs (iMacs and minis) will receive updates sooner.

Apple often announces new or updated iMacs in late summer or early fall, so I still expect updated iMacs and minis this year.

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