These have been grim days for fans of the Mac, Apple has not updated the Mac Pro in almost four years. The Mac mini has also languished for almost three years, while the iMac hasn\u2019t been updated in almost two years.\nBut all that might be about to change, according to a report on the popular Apple blog Daring Fireball:\n\nApple is currently hard at work on a \u201ccompletely rethought\u201d 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. They\u2019re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them.\nI also have not-so-great news:\nThese next-gen Mac Pros and pro displays \u201cwill not ship this year\u201d. (I hope that means \u201cnext year\u201d, but all Apple said was \u201cnot this year\u201d.) In the meantime, Apple is today releasing meager speed-bump updates to the existing Mac Pros. The $2999 model goes from 4 Xeon CPU cores to 6, and from dual AMD G300 GPUs to dual G500 GPUs. The $3999 model goes from 6 CPU cores to 8, and from dual D500 GPUs to dual D800 GPUs. Nothing else is changing, including the ports. No USB-C, no Thunderbolt 3 (and so no support for the LG UltraFine 5K display).\nBut more good news, too:\nApple has \u201cgreat\u201d new iMacs in the pipeline, slated for release \u201cthis year\u201d, including configurations specifically targeted at large segments of the pro market.\nMore at Daring Fireball\n\nAll of this is fantastic news for Mac users. I have to admit that I was shocked when I saw the report on Daring Fireball. It was far, far more than I had hoped for given Apple\u2019s taciturn silence about the Mac Pro in recent years.\nI think the company finally realized that something had to be done, given the outpouring of anger and disgust on so many sites about the Mac Pro. Numerous comments and posts have been made by folks saying they were either abandoning the Mac outright or were close to doing so in the near future.\nApple\u2019s meeting with Gruber and other writers should go a long way toward calming the company\u2019s Mac customers down and should reassure them that Apple still cares about the Mac. The news about pro displays is also very welcome indeed!\nOf course it would be much better if a redesigned Mac Pro, pro displays, and new iMacs were already shipping, but let\u2019s take what we can get from this and be as happy as possible.\nWhither the Mac mini?\nThe Daring Fireball post talked at length about the Mac Pro and iMac, but there was just one tidbit about the Mac mini:\n\nNear the end, John Paczkowski had the presence of mind to ask about the Mac Mini, which hadn\u2019t been mentioned at all until that point. Schiller: \u201cOn that I\u2019ll say the Mac Mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren\u2019t bringing it up because it\u2019s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use. \u2026 The Mac Mini remains a product in our lineup, but nothing more to say about it today.\u201d\n\nI have to admit that I\u2019m somewhat disappointed that the Mac mini didn\u2019t get more discussion. But it looks like Apple is at least acknowledging that the Mac mini has an important spot in its product offerings.\nI would have felt better though if Apple had confirmed that new Mac minis are on the way. But I guess we'll have to take what we can get, keep our fingers crossed and hope that we get a fantastic new Mac mini at some point in the near future.\nMac users can smile again\nI\u2019m so glad that Apple finally acknowledged the problems with the Mac Pro and reconfirmed its commitment to the Mac in general. It feels like the company is ready to\u2026dare I say it?\u2026MAKE THE MAC GREAT AGAIN.\nIt must have been hard for Apple to do it this way though, the company usually keeps everything under wraps until an official release announcement. But I think Apple\u2019s management team has been feeling the pressure from angry Mac users, and did the right thing by releasing this information about new Macs.\nAlthough I\u2019m currently happy with my 5K iMac, I am very much looking forward to hearing what the new iMacs will offer in terms of hardware changes. I am hoping that Apple finally dumps the mobile video cards and offers a desktop class video card in an iMac Pro.\nWe\u2019ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Apple has finally gotten off its rear end and decided to get moving on improving its Mac product offerings.\nWhat people are saying about Apple\u2019s Mac news\nThe news about a new Mac Pro, iMac Pro, and Apple pro displays hit the MacRumors forum and folks there shared their thoughts in a long thread. I\u2019ll leave you with this selection of comments from the discussion:\n\nSfwalter: \u201cNow Apple this is courage. You like to be very secretive. This must have been hard to swallow. Telling your users (and competitors) about future plans. \u201d\nFsmbp: \u201cIt is very odd for them to 'announce' this but I guess it had to do with growing backlash and lack of a 'roadmap'. It is refreshing to have them announce this...I'm sure it may slightly dip current sales but that will be offset by their goodwill.\u201d\nPhonzoxd: \u201cWow this is a huge middle finger to those who bought the current Mac Pro. To see it only get 1 iteration before its scrapped for another design.\u201d\nKazmac: \u201cNow this is "courage" they can be proud of, 1) admitting that :apple: made a machine which did not meet the needs of the community, 2) and more importantly the mention they are redesigning the Mac Pro and a display to go with it, but these will take time.\nExcellent news.\u201d\nSnipper: \u201cSo Apple waited 3 years before giving thought to a serious Mac Pro update and now it's going to take another year, so 4 years for an update? I've waited long enough for the Mac Pro 7,1. I'm in the middle of investigating \/ picking parts for my Hackintosh project at half the price or less. And I'm not going to wait for another year.\u201d\nWowereit: \u201cThink they really forgot that Mac mini still exists.\u201d\nPorco: \u201cReally quite encouraging news.\nThe sad part is that if they had asked like... anyone... in 2011-2012 who used a Mac Pro, they could have told them that a tiny, albeit beautifully engineered computer you couldn't tinker with at all was not what typical MP users really wanted. But Apple will be Apple. Just so happy about this news. Best Mac news for a long time IMHO, for multiple reasons.\u201d\niMcLovin: \u201cWow, apple being pressured to tell whats coming in the future, thats quite shocking news in itself. Guess they must have felt the pressure of customers disatisfaction. Anyway, it is good new nonetheless. No point playing the silent game with professional hardware... at least when you never update it.\u201d\nWowereit: \u201cThe Mac Pro never was about sales. It was about strengthening the Apple ecosystem and getting content creators and developers onto their platform.\nThey've probably made the announcement to prevent people from switching. Pro customers and corporations put lots of work into their networking, corporate integration etc. Once they are gone, they won't come back easily. Instead of leaving, some or even most will wait what Apple is going to release before abandoning the platform. \u201d\nShaunp: \u201cWhat would serve Apple well here is to actually have a product road map for pro customers, for those of us that use our computers to make money. We don't need to know all the details as we understand that something has to be kept back for competitive reasons, but we would like to know in advance whether we should invest in new kit or not. We can't run a business effectively when we are guessing whether or not the platform we are using will be supported in future.\nNot having a roadmap is the quickest way to get users to jump to commodity hardware - we like to know where we stand. This announcement goes some way towards this, but Apple need a bit of a culture change and need to start publishing this stuff in advance.\u201d\nMore at the MacRumors Forum\n\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.