European Apple Mac Pro sales to stop on March 1

European Apple Mac Pro sales to stop on March 1

The Mac Pro, the towering multi-processor desktop system, beloved of the company's most devoted fans and for years the go-to device for any business or individual serious about making films, music or computer animation, will fall foul of regulations relating to internal fan guards and how power is provided to its I/O ports from Mach 1 in EU countries.

In a statement to its European resellers, Apple said of the changing regulatory landscape: "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."

However, in a subsequent statement to Macworld UK, Apple stressed that the computer was still extremely safe and an exceedingly well-made product and that until the latest regulatory change had met all European standards.

Although Apple will stop shipping the product, resellers will be allowed to continue to sell it until stocks are depleted and Apple was quick to point out that the Mac Pro will still be available beyond the EU.

However, the announcement has brought hope to the company's professional user base that a new model is on its way. While Apple has been busy building phones and tablets and thinner and thinner notebooks and consumer PCs, the Mac Pro has been more or less completely overlooked. Its external design hasn't changed for 10 years and it still doesn't support USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports. The death of the Mac Pro in Europe could signal the launch of a completely new version later this year.