It would be fair to call the Mac Pro Apple’s least favourite product – in the last few years, the professionally focused computer has only received one minor spec bump – but it seems now that it will now be going away all together in Europe. The Mac Pro is being discontinued in Europe because the current model does not meet a new European regulatory standard. The computer will still be available for purchase outside of Europe, and left over stock can be sold but there will be no new shipments.
MacRumors received a copy of the note that was sent to European distributors regarding the discontinuation:
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.
IEC 60950-1 is a pretty standard set of electronic safety requirements, but it is not clear yet how the Mac Pro violates the new standards. Of course, Apple could revamp the internals and release an updated version of the Mac Pro that complies with the regulations. However, with the company’s focus moving onto the “post-PC” set of devices, their professional line of machines are being left out and there’s no telling if or when the refresh would happen.