updated 05:00 pm EDT, Tue June 12, 2012
No significant updates expected until next year
In an unusual move, Apple has removed the "new" tag from the Mac Pro's listing at the online Apple store. The graphic appeared yesterday when the company released minor updates to the Pro lineup. Typically Apple leaves the graphic up for weeks or even months after a product's introduction.
The Pro updates may be seen as so minor, however, that they don't warrant the "new" label. Apple CEO Tim Cook has allegedly promised that the company is "working on something really great for later next year" with regards to the Mac Pro, which has languished with major changes for over two years.
The latest Pro models lack Intel's Sandy Bridge E processors, and even Thunderbolt support, despite the computer being aimed at professionals in fields like 3D graphics and video editing. Thunderbolt peripherals can transfer at up to 10Gbps, making them much more practical for working with large files.