By Don Reisinger
December 15, 2017

Apple might have launched its most powerful computer ever just this week, but the company is already hard at work on something even more powerful.

In a statement on Thursday, Apple confirmed that it’s developing “a completely redesigned, next-generation Mac Pro.” In its statement, Apple said that the Mac Pro would be a desktop designed for “pro customers who need the highest performance.” Apple added that it’s also working on a “new high-end pro display.”

Apple’s Mac Pro was at one time the company’s most powerful computer. The latest generation comes with a cylindrical black design and high-powered Intel processors. But unlike the latest iMac Pro, which took the crown of Apple’s “most powerful computer” when it launched on Thursday, it’s a traditional desktop that requires users to plug in a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to use it. The iMac Pro is an all-in-one machine that has a display in front of its components.

So-called power users that require the extra capabilities delivered by a desktop have been calling on Apple for years to update its Mac Pro. Earlier this year, the company finally responded to those people, saying that it would deliver a Mac Pro update at some point in the future.

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While not much has changed since then, Apple’s acknowledgement that it’s still working on a Mac Pro update could be important for those power users who might not see so much value in the $5,000 iMac Pro. But exactly what Apple has planned for its Mac Pro is unknown. And all the company would say in its statement is that it’s planning a “modular, upgradeable design.”

Apple also didn’t share details on its “pro display.” The company currently recommends customers buy LG’s UltraFine 5K screen, which comes with an ultra-high-resolution screen.

It’s unclear from the release when Apple might unveil its next-generation Mac Pro or the new display.

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