updated 07:33 pm EST, Mon February 18, 2013
Expected move in response to new EMF law broken by computer
As previously reported, Apple's Mac Pro tower is headed towards discontinuation in some countries of the European Union. Today, the computer is listed as "currently unavailable" at a number of European Apple online stores. The computers were scheduled for discontinuation of vendor orders on February 18, and all systems ordered prior to that date must be deliverable before March. Vendors will be allowed to sell stock after March 1. US availability is unaffected.
The computer is listed as "not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition which becomes effective on this date [the 1st]." Specifically, wiring and power supplies are listed in violation, but no details on which specific parts may be the offenders is available.
The Mac Pro hasn't received any major updates since August 2010, with a minor speed bump to the tower in June 2012. The existing enclosure has been in use for ten years since the original G5 tower was made available, with relatively minor architectural and component location changes for use with the Mac Pro's superior ventilation and enhanced connectivity over the older, Power PC-based originator.