Apple taking last orders for Mac Pro in Europe
The reason behind the unusual move by Apple is due to the aging Mac Pro failing to meet an un-specified criteria from Amendment 1 of Regulation IEC 60950-1; an international safety standard for electrical equipment.
This could be taken as either good or bad news for the fate of the relatively neglected Mac Pro: naysayers could argue that this is the beginning of the end of the Mac Pro as Apple prepares to wind up production, and other territories may follow in ceasing sales of the high-end Mac.
However, far more likely it's a simple case of Apple having something else up its sleeve later this year as already promised by Tim Cook in an e-mail, coupled with the fact that it doesn't really affect Apple given the Mac Pro is such a niche product in its line-up these days and we're only talking about the European market, not the whole world.
Check out the letter from Apple to its European resellers:
"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."