New Mac Pro to be Texas-made after Apple escapes Trump tariffs

Cook and Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive look over the new Mac Pro during Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose

Apple's high-end Mac Pro desktop computer will be assembled in Texas following the U.S. government's decision on Friday to approve Apple's request for a waiver on the 25 percent tariff on ten key critical components, such as processors and cases, that need to be imported from China.

Production on the new Mac Pro is expected to start in the Austin facility "soon".

The company says the decision to keep manufacturing in the United States was "made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components". Manufacturers and suppliers across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor, are providing advanced technology.

Over the weekend, the administration exempted certain Chinese-made components used in the Mac Pro from tariffs.

In addition to keeping Mac Pro construction in Austin, Apple also says that it's significantly increased the number of American-made components in the computer.

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The news comes despite comments from President Donald Trump in July that he would oppose waiving tariffs on components for Apple's devices, commenting in a tweet, "Make them in the US, no Tariffs". The company's decision not to move the Mac Pro's production to China stems at least partly from a tax exemption granted by the usa government on September 20. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a July 30 earnings call that the company wanted to continue making the Mac Pro in Austin, Texas but didn't have the required capacity. "Make them in the United States of America, no Tariffs!"

Many of Apple's products, including its iPhone, are expected to see new restrictions this December, unless a deal with China is announced.

President Trump previously stated Apple would not receive exemptions for Mac Pro parts manufactured in China. We've asked Apple for details and will update if the company responds.

"We believe deeply in the power of American innovation", Cook said in the statement.

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