Apple announced on Monday that it will manufacture the next generation of its Mac Pro desktop computer in Austin, Texas. Apple has been making most of its devices like the iPhone, the Mac mini and others in China. the Mac Pro will be Apple’s first major computer to be assembled in the United States. This move is in a bid to avoid tariffs placed by the US government on items produced in China and imported into the US.
Trump rejected Apple’s application for tariff exclusions for the Mac Pro. Trump tweeted on July 26: “Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!”
Over the weekend Apple confirmed that it had received federal product exclusions, which enabled it to import some parts it needs for the Mac Pro without paying import tariffs. Apple said the new Mac Pro models include over two times more American-made components than previous models.
“The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever and we’re proud to be building it in Austin. We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.
Apple will continue working with Flex, a Texas-based contract manufacturer which assembled a previous version of the Mac Pro.
Apple still faces import duties scheduled for Dec. 15 that could affect nearly all of its major products including iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches.