Apple to stop shipping Mac Pro to Europe from March

Apple's Mac Pro tower does not meet with Europe's electrical standards.

Apple will stop shipping its up-to 12-core tower, the Mac Pro, in the EU from next month.

Sales of the Mac Pro are being put on hiatus as it fails to comply with local regulations on electrical equipment. The Mac Pro's fans and ports are the likely candidates for non-compliance with Amendment 1 of the regulation IEC 60950-1, Second edition, which comes into effect on 1 March.

Sales of the Mac Pro are being halted in Europe. Image: Apple

"Due to evolving regulatory requirements, Apple will stop selling Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries on March 1, 2013. After that date, resellers can sell existing inventory but Apple will no longer ship Mac Pro in those countries," Apple said in a statement emailed to ZDNet.

The regulation affects sales of the Mac Pro in all 27 EU member nations and countries in the European Free Trade Association, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Many Apple users are unlikely to be familiar with the Mac Pro tower, which is more commonly used for high-demand computing jobs like video editing.

The quad-core Pro retails in the UK from £2,049 and the 12-core beast costs £3,099. Apple last updated the range in 2010 and the line's next update is not expected until "later" in 2013, according to comment by Apple chief Tim Cook in June last year.

Besides the older Intel processors installed on the Mac Pro, notable missing features in the current Mac Pro include SATA III, USB3 and Thunderbolt, which allows data transfer speeds of 10Gbps and doesn't require hardware necessarily to be within the tower itself.

A Facebook petition demanding Apple update the Mac Pro launched last May at the time of writing had 18,939 Likes, which is 900 more than it did last June.


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