Apple announced last night that it will produce the latest Mac Pro in Austin, Texas. It makes the high-end unit the company's only main product to be assembled in the United States.
This comes after a report from Bloomberg last week that Apple had obtained tariff exemptions for 10 out of 15 parts it had requested exemption for.
The Cupertino-based company CEO, Tim Cook, said the company is proud to build Mac Pro in Austin:
Mac Pro is Apple's most powerful computer ever, and we are proud to build it in Austin. We thank the administration for their support that enabled this opportunity,
Apple had allegedly planned to make its new high-end computers earlier in China while applying for an exemption from the import tariff. However, President Donald Trump tweeted in July that there will be no waiver of tariffs for parts made in China.
Apple will not be granted tariff relief, or relief, for Mac Pro parts made in China. Do them in the US, no tariffs!
̵1; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
Later, in the company's revenue interview, Cook had mentioned Apple will continue to make Mac Pros in the United States. The previous version of the Mac Pro was also assembled in Texas by a company called Flex.
While Apple will get relief from customs duties by producing its powerful computer in the United States, it does not rack up tens of billions of dollars in company. According to the quarterly accounts, Mac (including MacBooks and other desktop models) has just over 10 percent of Apple's revenue.
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Published September 24, 2019 – 5:20 UTC