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Apple Mac Pro back on UK shelves following 10-month sales ban

Apple Mac Pro workstations are free to hit the shelves of European retailers once again after a sales ban across the continent was lifted.

UK fans of products made by the Cupertino-based firm that checked the dispatch time for the Mac Pro will have noticed that both itinerations of the powerhouse would ship in February with no exact day set.

The previous version of the Mac Pro was banned on 18 February last year due to the International Electrotechnical Commission deciding that it had broken rules regarding the safety of various aspects of the product.

“The new requirements necessitate fan guards and some increased protection on the ports on the electrical system,” stated Apple at the time, according to Macworld UK. 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.”

Apple’s new Mac Pro was first teased in images released midway through last year that showed a black cylindrical tube we now known to be the top of the range device.

The workstation is 10in tall and the centre-point to the design is a thermal core that takes air from the bottom to the top of the machine in order to maximise performance.

Inside each shell there is an Intel Xeon processor that either has 4-cores, 6-cores, 8-cores or 12-cores depending on the model chosen and the processor runs at speeds of up to 3.9GHz, which is again dependent on the exact model. Graphics-wise it has two AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times more performance than the last Mac Pro.

Pricing starts off at £2,499, which gets buyers a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 chip with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with the 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5-clad version with 16GB of RAM starting at £3,299.