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Apple Mac Pro too dangerous for Europe?

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By Stewart Mitchell

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 at 10:02

Apple has been forced to stop sales of its Mac Pro workstation in Europe because it fails to comply with safety regulations.

The company has told resellers across the continent that anyone wanting the machines must place orders before 18 February, with shipments to stop on 1 March.

The company told MacWorld UK that the decision was a response to European safety regulation changes, which the current generation of Mac Pros failed to meet.

An amendment to the IEC 60950-1 regulation puts more emphasis on electrical port protection and fan guards within devices, pushing the Mac Pro machines outside the requirements.

"At issue are the large fans within the Mac Pro. Since they are unprotected, it would be possible to touch the fan blades," MacWorld reports Apple as saying.

"According to Apple, the new requirements necessitate fan guards and some increased protection on the ports on the electrical system."

Apple believes the machines are safe and reliable, and will continue to sell the machines outside of EU countries, although some other European territories are also affected.

The company is working on an updated machine that complies with the regulation, but that won't be available until later this year.

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User comments

Wait a second...

...if I lift up the bonnet of my car while it's running, I can easily touch the fan belt.

There should be a common sense clause on safety regulations that prevents lawyers cashing in on morons that touch spinning fans.

By John_Greythorne on 1 Feb 2013

I agree entirely John. I have never seen the reason behind metal or plastic fan guards fitted inside machines apart from maybe aesthetics. Nobody should have a case open with the machine turned on to work on it. Yes okay visually check if the fans are working if no sensors but never touch anything with the machine on. If the machine provides adequate external protection from electrical shock and moving parts there should be no problem.

By mr_chips on 1 Feb 2013

Thanks goodness for the EU and its common sense laws.

Everyday we read in the news about yet another Mac Pro Workstation related injury or death.

A & E is awash on a Friday night with fingerless or near dead Mac owners.

I hope once this nightmare issue has been solved the EU can look in to other issues such as paper cuts, cuts from broken glass and don't even get me started on running bare foot in the grass and getting a rusty nails in the foot.

By cyberindie on 1 Feb 2013


Anyone who works near one of these machines will be aware of the phenomenon "G5 knee" and how debilitating it is.

By Gogster on 1 Feb 2013

Oh the humanity...

Won't somebody think about the children and their tiny fingers. How dare Apple unleash such a deathtrap on the public! I'm going out now to avoid the cracks in the pavement.

By russell_g on 1 Feb 2013

"Apple believes the machines are safe and reliable"

They are if you don't stick your hands in the moving parts.

By james016 on 1 Feb 2013

apple fans

Now, its fair to say that I am no lover of Apple, and would go so far as to say that it's fans are nothing but an irritation. However, I never knew that they were now carrying blades that would need guards. Well done EU for protecting us against this menace.
Will be giving the Apple Store at Meadowhall a wider bearth than normal next visit.

By nickallison on 1 Feb 2013

Not fans, Fans...

It isn't the whirling blades that are the problems, it is the vitriol from the Fan(boi)s.

By big_D on 1 Feb 2013

Whirring fans

Hmmm I think this is the EU gone nuts again.

The last couple of PCs I looked inside recently all had fans with the blades exposed, so I don't really see what the problem is. You really would have to stick your fingers in there directly/deliberately to cause yourself an injury (i.e. be pretty stupid or have a death-wish really).

If you're going to open up your machine, generally you know what you're doing inside of it and if you're going to run it with the cover off - usually again it's for diagnostic purposes.

Most people who buy this sort of Mac are power-users and people who want to upgrade the components themselves (i.e. techies). The non-techies would "have a man who does" to upgrade it and then put all the components back in there...

Why can't people take responsibility for their own actions / stupidity, rather than rely on the law to push their stupidity onto someone else? *sigh*

By mrmmm on 1 Feb 2013


It's funny, the last couple of computers I've built had internally unprotected fan blades and by using some common sense my fingers weren't injured in any way.

Good thing I don't plan to sell them.

I don't know why but this sounds like something from a spoof B film:
Attack of the Killer Case Fans.

By tech3475 on 1 Feb 2013


Why only apple Macs? The insides are the same as a linux PC

By invalidscreenname on 1 Feb 2013


because they are making a fuss about it and using it as an excuse to stop selling the Mac Pro.

Other manufacturers will just put a cage around the fans and carry on as usual.

By big_D on 2 Feb 2013


I suspect that you may indeed be correct. Aren't they planning to update the line soon anyway?

By imaginarynumber on 2 Feb 2013

Good Consumer Protection

Everyone knows apple users are not the brightest of the bunch - European regulators are making a valid move. Now watch apple introduce an amazing, insanely great, magical Mac Pro with fan protectors for an additional $500 - and the iDiots will stand in line to buy them.

By arthur_cabot on 2 Feb 2013

Good Consumer Protection

Everyone knows apple users are not the brightest of the bunch - European regulators are making a valid move. Now watch apple introduce an amazing, insanely great, magical Mac Pro with fan protectors for an additional $500 - and the iDiots will stand in line to buy them.

By arthur_cabot on 2 Feb 2013


Maybe you need a "protector" around your index finger to prevent double posts.

Are you an iDiot?

By BliksemPiet on 2 Mar 2013

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