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Apple ditches Mac Pro line in run up to EU policy changes

01 Feb 2013
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Apple has confirmed it will stop selling its Mac Pro line of desktops in the European Union (EU) by 1 March, 2013.

The move comes in the lead up to EU safety regulations set to go into effect in March. Apple is expected to replace the current Mac Pro model with another regulatory-accepted model of the desktop late this year.

"Due to evolving regulatory requirements, Apple will stop selling Mac Pros in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries on 1 March, 2013," said an Apple representative in a statement sent into V3.

"After that date, resellers can sell existing inventory but Apple will no longer ship Mac Pros in those countries."

Apple is discontinuing the model because of an EU safety regulation set to go into effect in March. The directive changes certain safety requirements for some electronic devices.

Apple is expected to unveil an updated version of the Mac Pro that meets the recently created standards sometime in the future.

No word on an official launch date for the updated desktops has been set by the company. However, according to an email uncovered by MacWorld last year, a new Mac Pro will be unveiled in late 2013.

Fans of the Mac Pro were upset last year when only a minor update for the computer was released. Users of the desktop were so up set by the slight that they started a Facebook petition to get Apple to launch a completely reworked update.

Mac Pros have not seen a large-scale update since 2010.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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