Apple says it will keep making the Mac Pro in Texas after reports suggested it was shifting production to China
- Apple will manufacture its new Mac Pro at its facility in Austin, Texas, the company said on Monday.
- The announcement comes after reports from The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg suggested that the company was moving production to China.
- Apple said it received a federal product exclusion for Mac Pro components, which enabled it to continue producing the computer in the United States.
- As part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China, certain Apple products like AirPods and the HomePod have been impacted by a 15% tariff on Chinese imports.
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But Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the company's earnings call in July that it wanted to continue making the Mac Pro in the US. "In terms of exclusions, we've been making the Mac Pro in the US, we want to continue to do that," Cook said at the time. "So we're working and investing currently in capacity to do so. Because we want to continue to be here."The decision to continue manufacturing the Mac Pro in Texas comes amid an ongoing trade war between the United States and China. The Trump administration's 15% tariff on Chinese imports went into effect on September 1, impacting Apple products such as AirPods, the Apple Watch, and the HomePod. The iPhone isn't expected to be affected until December.President Trump initially indicated that he would not be providing exclusions to Apple for its Mac Pro in a tweet from July 26. But more recently, in late August, President Trump said that Cook "made a good case" about how the tariffs could hurt Apple and provide an advantage to its main competitor, Samsung. "I got to help him out short term with that problem," Trump said to reporters in late August as seen in a video by Fox Business. "Because it's a great American company."
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