Some engineers are pushing to move production of the Mac Pro back to Asia, after the company started assembling it in the U.S. in 2013 to "score political points," according to Bloomberg. U.S. assembly slowed production and the Mac Pro failed to meet demand, Bloomberg said.
Meanwhile, managers are forcing engineers to work on two or more competing prototypes of Apple computers, creating time crunches, according to Bloomberg. Plus, meetings with Apple's design guru are less frequent, as the Mac's look is increasingly influenced by the iPhone, Bloomberg reports.
The uncertain future of the Mac Pro desktop comes as the company's new laptop has elicited grumbles from its core user base. The new model was late, expensive and lacked the power, keys and ports needed for creative workers, critics said.
Apple had to revert the new MacBook Pro to an older design, after the new battery failed a key test, Bloomberg said. The news outlet reports that most planned updates for 2017 Macs are "modest."
"We have great desktops in our road map. Nobody should worry about that," CEO Tim Cook said, according to a transcript of the discussion obtained by Bloomberg News. Apple declined to comment further to CNBC, citing policy against commenting on rumor and speculation.