Apple Discontinues Mac Pro in Europe

New regulatory standards force Apple to pull workstations off the market

Starting next month, Apple is officially halting sales of the Mac Pro computer in Europe and EFTA countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway) as the systems fail to meet a regulation standard imposed by the “Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition.”

Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. has sent a memo to European sellers informing that, “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.”

Resellers will be able to continue selling whatever stock they have left after the deadline, though new orders will be unavailable past that 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,” reads the notice.

Dispelling fears that the company might pull the Mac Pro from the market altogether on a global level, Apple confirms that “Countries outside of the EU are not impacted and Mac Pro will continue to be available in those areas.”

That’s not to say the Mac Pro isn’t on its way to be completely phased out any time soon. The hardware hasn’t seen any significant upgrades in almost half a decade, which begs the question: is Apple planning to discontinue it for good?

A statement from Tim Cook last year seems to put such concerns at ease, with the CEO telling a customer via email, “Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year [2013].”

Of course, that great “something” could be anything between a new breed of Retina-display iMacs to a beefed-up MacBook Pro.

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