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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Think Like Apple
by tomcat on Sat 2nd Feb 2013 21:10 UTC
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Apple is dominated by a culture of aesthetic-driven engineering. Much of it is well thought out and well-reasoned, but I'm guessing in this case that the company tried to negotiate an exemption from the regulation while one of the goateed beret-wearing designer types tried to come up with an aesthetically pleasing design and failed. I think Apple would rather pull a (niche) product from the market than introduce a design that offends its sensibilities. And make no mistake, this is a niche product for them. If this had been the iPhone, Apple would have moved heaven and earth to get a fix within weeks.

Edited 2013-02-02 21:10 UTC

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