A couple of days ago, Apple not only confirmed that new pro-level iMacs would be launching later this year, with some impressive rumored specs, but also admitted that there was some work to be done on the Mac Pro.
It’s been quite a while since Apple launched the Mac Pro, and since then the desktop machine has been left behind. But that’s changing in the future, as Apple has plans to “completely redesign” the Mac Pro. Unfortunately, while that got many people excited, they were a bit deflated soon after when it was also revealed that the new Mac Pro won’t see the light of day in 2017.
While that led many to speculate that Apple could get the redesigned desktop package out into the real world by 2018, a new report from OSNews Managing Editor Thom Holwerda suggests that we may have to wait even longer to see what Apple has been working on.
The reason, according to the report and information gathered from “people and sources who know their stuff,” is that Apple only recently started working on these changes, following the criticisms of pro users since the launch the late-2016 MacBook Pro lineup. Specifically, he says that orders for the older MacBook Pros went “through the roof,” which indicated to Apple that they had some changes to make:
“Well, after the announcement of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, orders for refurbished “old” MacBook Pros supposedly went through the roof, and after the initial batch of reviews came out, they shot up even higher. This response to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar took Apple completely by surprise.”
Interestingly enough, following the issues that the LG-branded UltraFine 5K display faced after its launch, that led Apple to further alter its focus on pro machines. While the LG partnership was meant to replace the Thunderbolt Displays, it turns out that Apple may be changing course again, and could launch its own-branded professional external displays in the future. (That would line up with a rumor that the company is working on an 8K display for the upcoming Mac Pro refresh.)
Apple is also allegedly working on new MacBook Pro models, some of which might ditch the Touch Bar, as it focuses on other pro-level changes:
“In addition, Apple is said to be exploring additional Retina MacBook Pro models without the Touch Bar, and other pro-oriented features, such as hooking an iPad Pro up to a Mac to use it as a Cintiq-like device.”
There has been some criticism that Apple “forgot” the pro users out there in the wild with the launch of the MacBook Pro last year, while also letting its Mac Pro languish, and the iMac lineup not seeing much in this regard, either. Apple has made it clear this week that, with the mistakes it has made, it’s looking to right its course moving forward.