The Mac Pro, Apple’s Mac for professionals who require higher performance and upgradeability, will no longer be sold in Europe after March 1st. The current model, which received a minuscule update last year at WWDC, apparently does not meet new standards put in place by the European Union. Apple contacted some of their resellers in the region with the following letter:
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.
Note that the Mac Pro will still be available in areas that are outside of the European Union’s jurisdiction.
The Mac Pro has been rumored to receive a large update, including a hardware redesign and the use of current-generation processors. The current model uses outdated parts, an old design, and doesn’t include the most recent ports (mainly Thunderbolt and USB 3). For a pro level desktop, these issues are show-stoppers. The specs have likely contributed to the rise in building a computer to serve as a hackintosh over the past few years.