Apple's big Mac Pro revamp to debut this month, report says

The company's revamp of its Mac Pro tower is said to be arriving later this month, according to a new report.

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Apple's Mac Pro desktop tower.
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Mac Pro users who have played the waiting game with Apple to completely revamp its desktop machine might get the goods soon, according to a new report.

Citing an accurate source, Mac Daily News says Apple plans to announce a new model of the machine sometime this month.

An Apple spokesman told CNET the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Mac Daily News warns that the April date could "slip" all the way through June, which is when Apple is expected to once again hold its annual developers conference in San Francisco. A source familiar with Apple's plans says an April event for a new machine is absolutely not happening.

Apple last updated the Mac Pro this past June, though it was just a bump in the processors and the amount of built-in RAM. The update excluded several other items including USB 3.0, speedier Serial ATA, or Thunderbolt -- the high-speed connection Apple began shipping on all its other computers in early 2011.

One peeved customer subsequently sent a nastygram to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who then promised a "really great" update sometime this year. A memo sent by one of Apple's authorized resellers in early February then suggested the company was at work on a spring release.

At a starting price of $2,499, the Mac Pro is one of Apple's most expensive products. It's also been passed by in terms of hardware updates and new technologies, with Apple instead focusing on its portable devices. Even so, the hardware continues to be used by many in creative industries like TV and film.

Apple was forced to stop selling the machine in Europe at the beginning of last month, after a law went into effect requiring more stringent electrical regulations. Apple opted to simply stop selling the devices instead of making adjustments to the design.

(via MacRumors)