Mac Pro back on European shelves after regulatory shift

Mac Pro back on European shelves after regulatory shift

Summary: European authorities effectively banned the old Mac Pro desktop after a regulatory decision on fan protection. A massive overhaul of the heavyweight computer changes that.

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Apple's latest Mac Pro is now available for sale in Europe, following restrictions placed on electronics that saw the previous model pulled from sale.

For almost a year, the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant didn't have the fully-fledged borderline supercomputer on the market in the European Union after falling foul of an overnight regulation change.

According to reports in 2013, Apple was forced to remove the older desktop box-like Mac Pro from sale after safety regulation IEC 60950-1 [PDF] amendment resulted in the computer falling out of compliance. The regulation related to unprotected spinning fans designed to cool the computer. 

Instead of fixing the "problem," Apple pulled the computer from sale and waited until its then-unannounced successor would be announced later in 2013.

Now thanks to a thorough overhaul of the new Mac Pro's design — a fraction of its predecessor's size and weight — the computer is back on sale in the 28 member state bloc.

Apple's online store now pegs the up-to-£3,299 desktop ($5,400) for a February delivery date.

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  • Misleading

    The regulatory change had a couple of years notice (in fact it looks like the changes had a 6 year lead-in), so it wasn't as if Apple was caught by surprise.

    The headline also makes it sound like the EU changed the regulation back again.
    wright_is
  • seriously? an unprotected fan?

    I can count the number of people who hurt them selves on a MacPro fan on one finger... actually I can't even do that, because there have been ZERO injuries from a MacPro fan...

    sometimes you got to wonder if the countries in the EU are just trying to fail, rather than failing for some good reason.
    honkj
    • It's all a sad symptom of the i'm not responsible attitude...

      Things like
      'Contents hot' on coffee cups,
      'Do not stop blades with fingers' on chainsaws,
      Or my personal favourite
      'Contains nuts' in a tiny font on the back of a bag of peanuts.

      I live in the EU, and I can attest that before this regulation, the offices of north and east london startups and independant media companies were awash with dismembered staff who repeatedly inserted their fingers into a spinning plastic fan enough times to cause injury.
      MarknWill
    • Fan

      Maybe you can't do it because all your fingers have been chopped off by Apple ninja fan blades...
      Kjcooling
  • Sounds like a case

    Of Regulations run Amok. Seriously cooling fans Inside the case need to have covers on them?Does this include the laptop computers too? Some idiot might open up a laptop, and power it up, leaving them exposed to "unprotected spinning fans designed to cool the computer"
    I hate trolls also
  • Next thing you know

    They will require insulating of the circuit boards so people who open the cases cannot accidentally electrocute themselves. Better yet, just make it not user serviceable from the start. HEY!!
    oncall