Apple is 'completely rethinking' its flagship Mac Pro

Apple Will Ship A Pro iMac Later This Year

These improvements aren't likely to make anyone jump on the Mac Pro train, but if you need to buy additional units for your business in the near future, they'll provide a bit more performance for your money.

Since late a year ago, when Apple released its somewhat-controversial MacBook Pro with Touch Bar - an expensive computer that lacked many "pro" features - Mac users have been clamoring for more professional-oriented computers.

During an equally rare roundtable interview with members of the press, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineer, Craig Federighi, said: "We designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will.[and] it became fairly hard to adjust [to allow for more powerful processors emitting more heat]".

Details are slight. Apple told Daring Fireball that the new Mac Pro would be completely modular, designed with frequent upgrades in mind - and addressing one of the most common criticisms of the existing computer.

Schiller told reporters that Apple now has almost 100 million Mac users.

That could change with the new Mac Pro models, whenever they debut, and at least the iMac will get a bump later this year.

While a new Mac Pro is in the works, and Apple plans to keep investing in its traditional computer products, it does not plan to introduce any touchscreen Macs, according to Axios. And later this year we'll see improved iMacs that Apple feels will appeal to a segment of Pro users, as well. New versions with more computing power will become available later today, and a fully redesigned model and accompanying Apple displays will follow, albeit not anytime this year. As for the $3,999 model, it now has eight cores and dual D800 graphics cards. This is not a new model, not a new design, we're just going to update the configs.

Apple's Mac Pro computers aren't cheap - they start at $2,999 and can easily approach $10,000 will all of the bells and whistles added.

Regarding the Mac Pro, which has not had a refresh in design since 2013, Schiller noted that Apple is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro".

I can't stress how out-of-character this almost-apology and peek into the future Mac Pro roadmap really are. As such, it built the Mac Pro around a dual-GPU arrangement.

"We designed ourselves into a bit of a corner", Craig Federighi, Apple's SVP of Software Engineering is reported as saying. However, while Apple indeed announced a refresh Tuesday morning, the real news is about what's coming down the road.

The last incarnation of the Mac Pro was revealed nearly four years ago now, and it was dramatic in terms of a major redesign with a bold cylindrical form factor, although some referred to the machine as the "trashcan" Mac. Oddly, the Apple online store reports this configuration as "Currently unavailable".