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Apple is now hard at work on a "completely rethought" Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis.

"I think we designed ourselves into a bit of a thermal corner, if you will", he said, adding that the Mac Pro's setup then became "fairly hard to adjust".

While a new Mac Pro model won't hit Apple stores until next year, the company on Tuesday is expected to upgrade the existing version, offering higher-powered central and graphics processors.

But Apple has some bigger changes for the Mac Pro later down the line.

Apple has pledged to "rethink" the ailing Mac Pro, giving the company's miniature desktop PC a new lease of life.

"If we've had a pause in upgrades and updates, we're sorry for that - what happened with the Mac Pro - and we're going to come out with something great to replace it", he added.

Apple unveiled its current Mac Pro in 2013, with a surprising external design - it's a cute little trash can! - and internal design, which prohibited most expansion and tinkering.

It's not exactly clear how Apple plans to improve the next-generation Mac Pro but John Terns, Apple's VP of hardware engineering, said that they will look at a more flexible design. Schiller continued: "Since the Mac Pro is a modular system, we are also doing a pro display". However, it's been four years since we've see a new model being launched in the market. "We want to architect it so that we can keep it fresh with regular improvements, and we're committed to making it our highest-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers". As such, the new iMac will be getting a spec increase created to make it even more attractive to pros, as the company works to rethink the Mac for 2018. Now the base $2,999 model has a six-core Xeon CPU and dual AMD G500 GPU configuration.

Even when it launched, the Mac Pro wasn't as powerful as it could have been.

It has been a while since Apple talked about the Mac mini. It may also stem from an understanding that the product line has an importance to Apple's business that goes beyond its direct revenue impact. He said that they are also working on pro display. Its current design was unveiled in 2013 and has not received many significant updates since then.

The last incarnation of the Mac Pro was revealed nearly four years ago now, and it was dramatic in terms of a major redesign with a bold cylindrical form factor, although some referred to the machine as the "trashcan" Mac.

After initial reports that Apple's next laptop and desktop are coming in 2017, here comes a new round of rumors that says otherwise.