Apple to Halt Mac Pro Sales in Europe Effective March 1 Over Regulatory Requirements

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    Apple today issued a notice to European distributors indicating that it will halt sales of the Mac Pro in Europe and select other countries as of March 1 due to new regulatory requirements going into effect on that date. The move will affect all European Union countries, as well as EU candidate countries and the four European Free Trade Association countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
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    It is currently unclear exactly what aspect of the regulation the current Mac Pro will fail to meet.

    Apple has uncharacteristically announced that a redesigned Mac Pro is due in 2013 after a lackluster update in June 2012 that included still-outdated processors and no other seemingly obvious improvements like USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt.

    Update 10:17 AM: Macworld provides a bit more detail on where the current Mac Pro fails to meet the new regulation.
    Update 10:21 AM: Apple has issued a statement to The Loop confirming the halt for Mac Pro sales, but not offering any additional detail on the situation.
    Update 10:24 AM: Macworld UK has even more on the issue:
    Apple representatives also confirmed to Macworld UK that the company will continue supporting existing Mac Pro machines after March 1, including replacement parts.

    Article Link: Apple to Halt Mac Pro Sales in Europe Effective March 1 Over Regulatory Requirements
     
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    This makes it ever more urgent for Apple to release their Mac Pro 2013 soon!
     
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    At first thought I thought they were axing the Mac Pro "halt sales" etc.. the 2013 model can't come soon enough for a lot of people.
     
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    Yikes! It's not easy to run a hardware company is it?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    First the Java blocking debacle, now this. This is one big FU today from Apple to business/enterprise customers.

    Remember that Tim Cook only promised new MacPros for "later in 2013", this could leave Europe without a stock of MacPros for a few months.

    Exact quote:

    Does sound like third or fourth calendar quarter 2013 to me. Not good if you need a new professional Mac this spring or summer in Europa. High and dry. Ebay might be your last resort.

    All iToys all the time. Full steam ahead.
     
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    Apple should fix this. :rolleyes:
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    What exactly is this amendment? I can't find anything about it online. :confused:
     
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    "It is currently unclear exactly what aspect of the regulation the current Mac Pro will fail to meet."

    Would be very interested to know what this is.
     
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    It looks like it is some electrical safety standard. Mac Pro isn't a volume seller, but it still looks odd that they can't or don't want to get it up to standard.
     
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    You realize this is something Apple has no control over right? This is a government regulation.
     
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    We've all known Mac Pros are radioactive for years, just nobody wants to talk about it. :D

    This opens the door for the new Mac Pro which will be 2mm thick and use SD cards (soldered to the logic board) for mass storage...
     
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    A failure to be competitive in a market segment most likely.
     
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    EU: , "These computers you are making aren't crappy enough". ;)
    Fix it oryou can't sell anymore here.
     
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    More bad news for our beloved Mac Pro.

    I hope apple doesn't use this as an excuse to discontinue the Mac Pro altogether that would be a very sad day.
     
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    Maybe they really believe they are in the Post PC era.
     
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    Let's hope a new one s coming.
     
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    Apple is EOLing the Mac Pro. They want everyone to just buy a maxed out Mac Mini as it is thinner.:eek:
     
  18. macrumors 65816

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    probably best news apple has heard for long time.

    one step closer to getting rid of this one from the lineup all together.

    if you cant hold it in one hand then apple isnt interested
     
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    A company sitting on over $130B in cash and who just posted record year-over-year sales and profits (over $13B) should be ashamed of themselves for not updating their flagship product. You can't tell me that Apple hasn't made a conscious decision to let this product die. Apple is such a large company and they can't update the Mac Pro to current industry specs for over two years? Something doesn't sound right...
     
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    Not that anyone in their right mind would be buying this now anyway...
     
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    It seems like it's electric safety regulation. Maybe you can get electrocuted through the aluminium enclosure? :)
     
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    It's the start of the end for the Mac Pro.
     
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    WTF? :eek::confused:
     
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    Whew...now we have an "official" excuse to kill the Mac Pro.
     
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    For some companies, they still need their high-tech (lol!) writeoffs each year.
     

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