Tim Cook: New Mac Pros are Coming

Following the Mac Pro update on Monday that almost felt like a non-update, Apple told David Pogue from the New York Times that new desktop computer designs were coming in 2013. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is backing that up, as are company spokesmen.

Mac Pro: I'm not dead yet!“Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro,” Mr. Pogue said. “An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.”

That was backed up by Mr. Cook replying to an email from a disappointed Apple customer, according to Mac Rumors. “Our pro customers are really important to us…don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year,” he said.

And continuing with the new trend of talking about unannounced products, an Apple spokesperson told Forbes that new designs for the Mac Pro are coming most likely in 2013, too.

Those revelations are good news for Apple’s pro-level customers, and out of character since the company doesn’t typically talk about products that haven’t officially been announced.

Rumors claimed Apple would unveil a significantly updated Mac Pro model during its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote event on Monday, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Apple quietly updated the computer with newer processors — although those chips are still two-year old designs. The updated Mac Pro still doesn’t include a Thunderbolt port — a feature that’s available on every other Mac Apple ships.

While confirmation that the Mac Pro isn’t dead in the water is good, Apple’s pro-level customers could be waiting more than a year before seeing the significant update they’ve been waiting for.