Apple has announced it will launch a new version of its iMac desktop computer later this year.
The Cupertino firm also said it will launch a new ‘modular’ version of the Mac Pro, the powerful tubular desktop computer next year. In the meantime, a refreshed version of the Mac Pro, with an updated processor will go on sale from today, with new models starting from $2,999 and $3,999.
The update to the Mac Pro will be the first since 2013, with people previously thinking Apple had all but killed off the device.
Apple said the new ‘modular’ design of the Mac Pro will allow the device to be easily updated with specific components.
The news comes from Apple blogger John Gruber who met with Apple executives including marketing head Phil Schiller who said: “With regards to the Mac Pro, we are in the process of what we call “completely rethinking the Mac Pro”.
“We’re working on it. We have a team working hard on it right now, and we want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we’re committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers, said Schiller.
“As part of doing a new Mac Pro — it is, by definition, a modular system — we will be doing a pro display as well. Now you won’t see any of those products this year; we’re in the process of that. We think it’s really important to create something great for our pro customers who want a Mac Pro modular system, and that’ll take longer than this year to do.”
Schiller also confirmed Apple will update the iMac: “We have big plans for the iMac,” he said. “We’re going to begin making configurations of iMac specifically with the Pro customer in mind.”
“The iMac has seen an incredible evolution over the past decade,” Federighi added. “The original iMac you wouldn’t have thought of as remotely touching Pro uses. But today’s 5K iMac in its top configurations? It’s incredibly powerful. Tasks that previously would have required the Mac Pros of old are now being well addressed by today’s iMac.”