If you’re living in the European Union and you’re looking at getting a new Mac Pro, you’d better hurry. As of March 1, 2013, Apple will halt sales of the Mac Pro in EU countries as they don’t comply with EU standard IEC 609501 Amendment 1, which goes into effect that day.
In case you’re not quite up to speed on EU regulatory standards, in a nutshell, IEC 609501 Amendment 1 has to do with safety and electrical standards. According to Macworld UK, the Mac Pro’s non-compliance has to do with the need for fan guards and increased protection for its electrical ports.
It should be noted that Mac Pros complied with the previous standards when initially released. However, these newer standards are more strict and while all the other Mac models have been updated to comply over the last few revisions, the Mac Pro hasn’t seen any updates (other than speed bumps) since 2010. A new Mac Pro is rumored to be on its way some time later this year, and we can only assume that these will be compliant and will once again be available to EU customers.
At Other World Computing, we’re always happy to help our customers when it comes to finding the best products and tech solutions available. And now, our customers have the chance to help out OWC!
As you may remember from last year, OWC was the winner in the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category of the fourth annual About.com Readers’ Choice Awards for 2012. OWC topped three other finalists, including giant coast-to-coast reseller Best Buy, in the first year for the category.
Now it’s nomination time for the 2013 award, and Other World Computing customers and fans can help us maintain our title by nominating OWC in the Best Mac Peripheral Reseller category. The category is officially described as for businesses — other than Apple — that you choose when purchasing Macs and Mac-related products such as memory, SSDs, hard drives or other peripherals.
Nominations are open until February 11, and voting will run from February 19 through March 19, with the winners announced on March 27. So act fast, and help us continue to show how we make the OWC Difference!
Other World Computing announced today a giveaway promotion that will award nearly 100 Newer Technology NuGuard KX protective cases — each with a $49.95 retail value — to iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4S users in person at Macworld | iWorld 2013 and online via OWC’s social media portals who tell a compelling story as to why they need to replace their current iPhone case.
It’s Simple: Make Your Case — Get The KX Case
Patterned after the novel promotion that offers a discount on new shoes with a trade-in of extremely worn, highly odiferous athletic shoes, Other World Computing will conduct a free KX case giveaway daily at Booth 401 at the Expo, which runs January 31 to February 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The first 15 attendees standing in line at 2:00 p.m. at OWC’s booth who feel their current case doesn’t measure up to the NuGuard KX will receive a free KX case upon relinquishing their present case to OWC booth staff.
If not attending Macworld | iWorld Expo 2013, there’s another way to be awarded a NuGuard KX case. Using creativity and humor, send OWC a video up to :30 in duration that explains why you need to upgrade your old case to a NuGuard KX. OWC judges will choose 50 winning videos deemed to be the most entertaining and/or worthy of an upgrade. To enter, just upload a high-quality video to www.youtube.com, and email OWC the link, iPhone model, and NuGuard KX color preference at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, February 28, 2013. Select videos may be featured on OWC’s blog, Twitter feed and Facebook wall.
“While there are many iPhone cases on the market, none provide X-treme protection on the level of the NuGuard KX without sacrificing looks or adding significant bulk,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “And with our Macworld | iWorld giveaway and video contest, we are giving almost 100 lucky iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4S owners the chance to trade in their inferior old case and experience the ultimate protection of the kinetic energy X-Orbing NuGuard KX firsthand.”