9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2013 7:39 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder Branched to a new discussion.
Brian Cutts Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

My local reseller has emailed me to inform me that the Mac Pro will no longer be availabe in the EU from March.

 

Is this for real or an early April Fool?

 

Message was...

 

Here's the official word from Apple:

 

 

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.  Apple will take final orders for Mac Pro from resellers up until February 18th for shipment before March 1, 2013.  Countries outside of the EU are not impacted and Mac Pro will continue to be available in those areas.

  • 1. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5 (4,805 points)

    It's real.  The internal fans don't meet new European saftey regulations.  You can open the case while the computer is running and put your fingers in the fan.

  • 2. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Brian Cutts Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    Great, absolutely great :-(

     

    So unless Apple launches a new Mac Pro, us pro users are well and truly stuffed when it comes to machines with the ability to add more than a couple of IO devices.  That is unless we look at Thunderbolt to PCI breakout boxes from the likes of Sonnet

  • 3. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    I think there are two ways of looking at this.:

     

    a) Woe is me, they are discontinuing it. The sky is falling.

     

    b) The NEW Mac Pro will be along so soon, that it is not worth Engineering (and Testing, the expensive and time-consuming part)  a fan guard to continue to sell the old one.

  • 4. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    The Mac Pro case itself has barely changed since design phase in mid-2005, even as motherboards, Risers and processor daughter cards, and change to PCIe 2.x

     

    Govt standards about a fan that is protected from outside goes beyond and is preventing a user from foolishly working around inside when running...

  • 5. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    It is interesting (to me anyway) what UL rules require, gleaned from talking to design engineers who had to work within their framework.

     

    They say you must not be able to touch Voltages inside the cabinet over 35 Volts with your unaided fingers (no tools). So anything over 35 Volts must have a cover that cannot be removed with fingers alone.

     

    If the unit catches fire, it must not be able to drop burning debris directly out the bottom (into a presumed computer-room floor providing cooling air).

  • 6. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Brian Cutts Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    I know there is much speculation concerning the imminent arrival of a new Mac Pro but has Apple said anything concrete???

     

    Nope... thought not

  • 7. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    Intel though may have mud-2013 news. I was about to replace or upgrade processor and noard on a PC I built 4 yrs ago but everyone said wait 4 months. Appke tends to get access to parts before others too.

  • 8. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Apple had three years notice to stick some sort of plastic guard over the fans etc.

     

    Well within their capability and finances to issue a out of cycle hardware update, no processor upgrades, no Thunderbolt or USB3 neither.  MBP's coming all closed up.

     

    Going to miss the old bird, the end of the open hardware Mac is near.

  • 9. Re: Mac Pro end of life in Europe?
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,250 points)

    ds store-

     

    Thank you for chiming in with that:

     

    a) Woe is me, they are discontinuing it. The sky is falling.