Mac Pro unavailable on Apple’s European online stores
Last month, Apple revealed that it was to stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe due to new regulatory rules coming into effect on the 1st of March, and that resellers had until the 18th of February to place orders for the machine. At the time it was thought that the order deadline only applied to resellers, but as of today the Mac Pro is listed as unavailable on Apple’s European online stores.
As outlined in a memo issued by the company last month, European resellers can continue to sell any remaining stocks of the Mac Pro after the 1st of March, and the machine will continue to be available in countries outside the EU:
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.
Apple is expected to release a new Mac Pro later this year. Aside from a very minor processor update back in June last year, the machine has been pretty much ignored by the company. It has the same case design introduced with the Power Mac G5 in 2003, and it lacks features such as Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 – which can both be found on Apple’s other desktops and notebooks.