They buried the lead, gave it to only one reporter, and declined to comment further.
From Matthew Panzarino’s Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows:
After an initial recap in what they’d done over the past year, including MacBooks and the iMac Pro, I was given the day’s first piece of news: the long-awaited Mac Pro update will not arrive before 2019.
When we got the news that it wouldn’t arrive in 2017, there was some implicit messaging that 2018 was not guaranteed either (we were told ‘not this year’, but not ‘definitely next year). This time around, Boger is succinct: the promised Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.
“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.”
When reporters called to follow up, Apple declined to comment further.
My take: Transparent, my ass.