A French Apple reseller has issued a letter to clients, claiming that Apple has told it that it the new Mac Pro will launch this spring.
This contradicts Apple CEO Tim Cook's claims last year that a new professional Mac would launch "later next year", and looks, to us, like the reseller has got a little carried away with rumour and speculation.
In a letter sent to clients, obtained by French site Macg, French reseller France Systemes said: "We believe, however, that the judgment of the Mac Pro is temporary, Apple informs us that a new Mac Pro will be released in spring 2013. We will be sure to submit these products introduction."
That's our translation of: "Nous pensons cependant que l'arret des mac pro est temporaire, Apple nous informe qu'une qu'une nouvelle gamme Mac Pro va sortir au printemps 2013. Nous ne manquerons pas de vous soumettre ces produits des leur introduction."
The claim that they had been informed by Apple seems unlikely, and as evidence of this the reseller is said to have since removed the paragraph from the letter.
The letter came in the wake of news that Apple would be withdrawing the sale of the Mac Pro in Europe due to an amendment to a safety regulation left the professional Mac incompliant.
Apple issued a letter to all resellers explaining the situation and made no mention of when a new Mac Pro might ship.
We spoke to Apple about their need to withdraw the Mac Pro from sale in Europe and they made no mention of a new Mac Pro other than to note CEO Tim Cook's previous comments that a new professional Mac would ship later this year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook laid concerns to rest in an email to a customer last year in which he stated: "Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn't have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today's event, don't worry as we're working on something really great for later next year. We also updated the current model today."
Apple told Macworld that it wished to warn customers and partners about the change so that they would have sufficient time to order Mac Pro units and meet any needs prior to 1 March.