Last week, Apple sent a notice to resellers across Europe informing them that from March 1st it would no longer sell Mac Pros within the territory. The user base of the Mac Pro has been dwindling recently, mostly because Apple hasn’t issued an updated version of the Pro for several years, but the reason for the discontinuation is actually a new European product regulation standard that the current Mac Pro does not meet. The regulation requires fans to be safely covered – at the current time it would be possible to touch the fans inside the Pro while they span, if you really wanted to – and for safer coverings for the ports on the back of the Pro.
This new regulation goes into effect on March 1st, but only affects Europe – Mac Pros will still be on sale elsewhere in the world. According to a statement from Apple given to the Loop, authorised resellers that still have stock of the Mac Pro in Europe will be allowed to sell their remaining units, but no new models will ship. Apple has also confirmed that it will continue to support the Pro with replacement parts and service in Europe, even after March 1st.
We’ve included Apple’s message below. Let us know what you think of this in the comments – will this push Apple into updating the Pro, or is the machine now already outdated?
“As of March 1, 2013, Apple will no longer sell Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries because these systems are not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition which becomes effective on this date. Apple resellers can continue to sell any remaining inventory of Mac Pro after March 1.
Apple will take final orders for Mac Pro from resellers up until February 18th for shipment before March 1, 2013.
Countries outside of the EU are not impacted and Mac Pro will continue to be available in those areas.”