iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, is available starting today.

In announcing the launch, Apple took an unusual step and wrote in the official press release that a redesigned Mac Pro and a high-end display are being worked on as we speak.

Here’s the key passage from that release:

Apple is working on a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro architected for pro customers who need the highest performance, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design, as well as a new high-end pro display.

the company provided no timeframe for the next Mac Pro.

Apple has disappointed its loyal Mac fans and professional customers by leaving the aging “trashcan” Mac Pro design without regular updates so I’m glad they’re making sure that people are aware they’re working on new Mac models for creative pros.

iMac Pro is a great machine, but also a completely non-upgradeable system. Even the small door at the bottom that provided access to user-replaceable RAM in previous iMacs has been removed now, resulting in a completely sealed machine.

Apple first mentioned the next Mac Pro in April, saying its teams would architect the system in a modular fashion so that Apple could keep it fresh with regular improvements.

“As part of doing a new Mac Pro—it is, by definition, a modular system—we will be doing a pro display as well,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing honcho, was quoted as saying at the time.

“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,” he added.

Modular Mac Pro/Apple display concept courtesy of German magazine Curved

  • MelonlordKun

    So they’re bringing back the upgradability of the old G5 towers? If so, can’t wait! Does that mean they’ll be bringing back cinema displays as well?

  • Joseph Keyrouz

    I love mac but I wish the price is not so expensive

  • Alex Wilson

    Personally I feel a whole lot better about the future of the Mac Pro with Jony Ive back at the design helm, but they need to get their tail in gear and get things moving. As big is Apple is it sure seems they have trouble working on multiple projects at the same time.

    • Bacillus

      Let Joni spend his time on design consumer stuff (pref. without notches)
      Not this categorry of systems

  • Jurassic

    Just to point out, the “L” shaped stand on the monitor in the rendering would cause the monitor to fall face-forward.

    The stand would need to bend forward at the bottom (the opposite of the stand on iMacs) in order to support the monitor without it falling over. But then, you wouldn’t have free space to store your keyboard or other things under the monitor, like you can with the iMac. Also, if that “L” shaped stand in the rendering connects to the bottom edge of the monitor (as shown), you would not be able to tilt the monitor, like you can with the iMac. ?

    • jimothyGator

      You need to glue the monitor stand to your modular, professional Apple desk.

    • Chris

      It depends on where the center of gravity is. The rendering can’t show the CG, and it’s not too hard to imagine some weight behind the screen.

    • Peer Bentzen

      These are not Apples renderings but the results of someone fooling around with some 3D software. So there’s no reason to pay much attention.

  • Aviorrok

    I want to buy a mac (not over 3000$) when the next iMac will be release?

  • Anthony

    I find it amusing that the images they are using in the renders are from like 2011 or 2012