Apple was expected to update nearly every computer in its arsenal for the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco this week, including every iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. But while Apple fans were generally pleased by what was announced, including updates to the laptop lineup, a completely redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and the next-generation desktop and mobile operating systems, the professional desktop computer got no love from Apple.
After the keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly made time to answer a fan email about the lack of professional Macs at WWDC.
Our pro customers are really important to us. … Don’t worry, as we’re working on something really great for later next year, Cook wrote.
But according to MacRumors, the new iMacs may be hitting shelves sooner rather than later. After the new MacBook Pro models were released to the public, Primate Labs, the makers of the processor and memory benchmark called Geekbench, discovered that Apple’s previously leaked details about the non-Retina Display 15-inch MacBook Pro matched up exactly with the real specs, which all but confirms the original leak was legitimate.
Assuming the leak was legitimate, it makes sense to revisit another benchmark that appeared around the same time for the iMac. While one rumor coming true doesn’t guarantee the other one will, there is a higher-than-normal likelihood that this is the case. The leaked benchmark for a new iMac described a model called iMac13,2, which runs on a 3.4 GHz Core i7-3770 quad-core processor with 4GB of 1600 MHz RAM, and operates on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which is the next-gen Mac operating system that won’t be released until July. Primate Labs believes this entry is indeed legitimate.
If leaked specs and a comment from Apple’s CEO weren’t enough, The New York Times’ David Pogue was also told to look for new high-end Macs next year:
Many Apple observers also wonder if Apple thinks that desktop computers are dead, since not a word was said about the iMac and Mac Pro, Pogue said. An executive did assure me, however, that new models and new designs are under way, probably for release in 2013.
Many pro Apple users were disappointed by the company’s neglect of its premium desktops at WWDC. Andy Hertzfeld, a former Apple employee and a current engineer at Google, released his thoughts on WWDC on the Google+ platform, congratulating Apple for the new MacBook Pro but lambasting it for scanting its high-end desktop customers.