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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Blaming the wrong party
by andrewclunn on Thu 31st Jan 2013 19:27 UTC
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Wow Thom. Wearing your anti-Apple bias pretty clearly here aren't you? I mean of course Apple isn't just being slow to comply here, they don't want to produce a whole different model for the European market or change their entire design around their regulations (might not make sense economically considering they do such much more sales in the US and Asia). Their, "We'd like to comply," is basically the nice way of telling the European market to go screw off. Considering the over regulated anti-tech environment their (as well as the mess of all the different nation regulations on top) I can't say I'm too surprised. This should be a wake up call to the EU, not Apple.

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