Tim Cook Confirms Updated Mac Pro Coming in 2013

Yesterday, it was reported that Apple had quietly updated its Mac Pro line, but it turns out that is no longer the case. The Mac Pros have been updated, but Apple has removed the “new” label on its online store website. Today, an email from Tim Cook confirms that Apple is working on a new professional-level Mac, which is set to be released sometime in 2013.

An email Apple confirmed to be from Cook was posted to a Facebook group page dedicated to the Mac Pro and said that Apple is “working on something really great” for 2013, reports MacWorld.

The company has no comment about the iMace, which may suggest that an update may be announced later this year. In the past, Apple has revealed new iMacs after their Back to School promotion is over.

Apple to Abandon Ping with Next Major iTunes Release

Remember Ping? Yup, neither do I. All Things D reports that Apple will discontinue the service when iOS 6 is launched this fall. During the D10 conference, Tim Cook said that the company may decide to discontinue Ping, but promised to add more social integrations into its products. This became true when Apple revealed system-wide Facebook integration in iOS 6 yesterday. Facebook’s integration is very similar to Twitter’s integration in iOS 5.

While Ping remains active in the recently released iTunes 10.6.3, sources say that Apple will remove the social network in the next major release of iTunes this fall.

Ping was first unveiled in 2012 by Steve Jobs during the demo of iTunes 10. “It’s sort of like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes,” Jobs said of Ping. At the time of launch, critics weren’t very optimistic about the service and the future of it.

You know a significant difference between Google and Apple? Apple knows when to give up on a bad idea, Google doubles down on bad ideas.