Following outcry from the Mac world, and a complaint from Andy Hertzfield (a member of the original Apple Macintosh development team), Apple has removed the ‘New’ icon beside the Mac Pro on its Apple Store webpage and confirmed that a new Mac Pro is in the works, with a new model expected next year.
Writing on his Google+ page, Hertzfield expresses his “deep disappointment” at Apple’s “meagre, lame update” to the Mac Pro.
He writes: “I have an 8-core Mac Pro with 16GB of RAM in my home office that was an amazing machine when I acquired it in 2008, but it's not so hot by today's standards. I've been looking to get a new one for a while now, but Apple hadn't updated the hardware for two years, so I was looking forward to finally seeing a new one announced today, with essential features like Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.”
Hertzfield describes how he was pleased to see the ‘New’ icon beside the Mac Pro when he visited store.apple.com, “But I was in for a shock when I clicked on the link to check it out,” he writes.
“The specs for the ‘new’ Mac Pro had hardly changed, except for a tiny, inconsequential processor clock bump. Still no Thunderbolt, still no USB 3.0, no SATA III or RAM speed improvements - it seems like it's stuck in time in 2010,” he complains.
“The only thing that's still high-end about it is the bloated price,” he rants.
Disappointed customers have been waiting nearly two years for an update, unfortunately, the so-called new Mac Pro lacks Thunderbolt, USB 3, and still uses Westmere processors, rather than the latest Sandy Bridge E offerings from Intel.
The ‘new’ icon beside the Mac Pro has now been removed from the store. MacRumors suggests that Apple may have decided that the extremely minor update to the Mac Pro may not be worth promoting to a significant degree.
In addition Apple’s Tim Cook has sent an email to Facebook group page We Want a New Macpro, confirming that a truly new Mac Pro is coming. He wrote that Apple is "working on something really great" for 2013, adding: "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."
The confirmation that Apple is working on a new Mac Pro confirms the executive quoted by David Pogue yesterday. Forbes was also told by an Apple spokesperson that “new models and new designs of the Mac Pro, as well as the iMac desktop, are in the works and will likely be released in 2013”.
However, Apple has emphasised that the update coming next year is for the Mac Pro, not the iMac as suggested in that article. The iMac, which was last updated 406 days ago, looks likely for an update soon.
As for users looking for a new Mac Pro, it seems the best advice is to wait until 2013...