Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Jan 2013 18:55 UTC
Apple Well, this is either incredibly sad or utterly hilarious. Apple will stop selling the Mac Pro in Europe on 1 March... Because it doesn't comply with "new" European regulations that will come into effect that day. I say "new" between quotation marks because said regulation was announced four years ago. The regulation deals with increased protection requirements concerning electrical ports and fan guards. "The new requirements necessitate fan guards and some increased protection on the ports on the electrical system," explained Apple, "Because Mac Pro is not compliant with the regulations, we do want to meet that regulation and therefore not offer Mac Pro beyond 1 March." So, a standards body is faster at updating its standards than Apple is at updating its Mac Pro. It illustrates just how much Apple cares about pro users. The last significant update to the Mac Pro occurred in 2010, but Tim Cook did promise an update to the product later in 2013.
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Return of the clones?
by jebb on Thu 31st Jan 2013 19:25 UTC
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In a world where most of Apple's profit comes from non-OSX gear, maybe the best solution to meet the needs of these (very) few users who really require a workstation-class OSX computer is a collaboration with somebody else... Imagine HP offering OSX as an install option on the high-end Z-series workstations (not the smaller ones, too much overlap with the iMac's capabilities there), with Apple's blessing.

Probably unlikely to happen, and that is a bit sad really.

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