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Apple will release a new Mac Pro this spring, according to a French fanbois website that got its mains on what it says is a memo from a Gallic Apple reseller.

"Apple nous informe qu'une nouvelle gamme Mac Pro va sortir au printemps 2013," France Systèmes wrote in a missive to its customers informing them of the February 18 deadline for European Mac Pro orders, Mac4Ever claims.

Pardon our rudimentary comprehension of the French language, but it appears that France Systèmes is saying, "Apple tells us that a new Mac Pro will be released in spring 2013."

It's unclear whether the aforementioned nouvelle gamme Mac Pro will be a fully redesigned version of Apple's top-of-the-line Macintosh, or whether it will merely be the same Mac Pro design that Apple has been shipping since August 2006, but one that's been tweaked to satisfy the European regulators who have barred shipments into their well-protected continent after March 1 due to an unspecified breach of Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition.

Last June, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to an email lamenting Cupertino's lack of Mac Pro love by saying "we're working on something really great for later next year." Those 10 words inspired fans of the Intel Xeon-powered content-creation workhorse to hope that a new version was in the works.

Of course, printemps is not what one would normally consider to be "later" in the year – that would be été, automne, or even hiver. But those of us who attempt to divine Apple's plans from such sketchy clues as CEO hints and purported reseller memos must take what we can get as we fluff our delicate soufflés rumeur

Merde. ®

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