Apple Is Working On New Version Of Mac Pro And iMac

Moreover, while stopping short of providing any major details, an Apple executive confirmed that his company is now working on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro model, featuring a new form factor, as well as an undisclosed number of Apple-branded displays that could be launching at some point in the next year or two. According to him, Cook's company divulged there is now a "completely rethought" Mac Pro in the works, and this one will come with a modular design. - Apple is also updating the existing Mac Pro today - and will be making new Apple Displays to go with next year's model, along with new pro-focused iMacs.

The company updated its MacBook Pro laptops late last year, but desktop Macs have languished with outdated specs sometimes for years.

The company acknowledged during the meeting that the iMac is increasingly being used by pro users - likely some combination of the all-in-one's increased capabilities and the fact that the Mac Pro hasn't received a fundamental upgrade in more than three years.

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Gruber also learned that new iMacs will be coming this year and that Apple is working on a new display, to replace the retired Cinema Display.

"Last year we had a little bit of a setback", says Schiller, "and then this year, back to growth again - growing faster than the industry". The GPUs, down the line, to get more performance per dollar for customers who DO need to continue to buy them on the interim until we get to a newly architected system.

For those willing to fork out an extra $1000 (£900), they'll get an eight-core processor and D700 GPUs for $2,999/£3,899.

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Apple has "big plans" for a its iMac range, but won't be leaping into the realm of touchscreens any time soon, executive Phil Schiller has confirmed.

KitGuru Says: The Mac Pro was a great feat of engineering but it didn't leave a whole lot of wiggle room for future upgrades. Apple uses the kind of GPUs more commonly found in notebook computers, and they can't compete with the dedicated video cards most consumers want in a high-end rig. But it sounds like the company is trying to launch a charm offensive and convince the pro-users who bought the Mac Pro that it hasn't forgotten them. This is not a new model, not a new design, we're just going to update the configs.

Speaking about the old Mac Pro, Senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi called the setup "vintage". The company is even looking to release a new dedicated display - a good idea after the LG monitor fiasco.

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"I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will", said Apple's Craig Federighi while speaking to a select group of journalists at its corporate headquarters.


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