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Mac Pro and iMac updates next year, reports tip

Disappointed by the lack of a new iMac and measly Mac Pro updates? They could be due next year.

Disappointed by the lack of a new iMac and measly Mac Pro updates? They could be due next year, according to one report.

Writing for the New York Times, David Pogue says an Apple executive assured him that new models, with new designs, are in the works, 'probably' to be released in 2013.

Tim Cook and chums took to the stage at last night's WWDC keynote to unveil significant updates to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, alongside a hoity-toity new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a retina display and skinny new design.

But the iMac and Mac Pro received nary a mention, dashing hopes of an across-the-board Mac refresh.

The iMac hasn't been updated at all, and the Mac Pro has received a very minor performance bump thanks to some new processors and a tad more memory. It's the first update since 2010, but there's no sign of Thunderbolt -- Apple's high-speed port would have seemed a natural fit for the gigantic professional-focused machine.

Apple's neglect of its high-end kit rightly has enthusiasts wondering if Apple is planning on sneakily discontinuing these monolithic Macs. This tip would suggest Apple hasn't entirely forgotten about the iMac and Mac Pro, but another year is a long time to wait.

While there's no way of knowing if it's genuine, one MacRumours reader reports receiving an email from Apple boss Tim Cook that says, "Our pro customers are really important to us... don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year."

Do you think Apple will refresh the iMac and Mac Pro? Or will the next few years see the company focus exclusively on laptops? Grab a pick and get speculatin' in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.