Apple suggested it wished to produce the updated Texas Mac Pro, and it's now official. The firm has verified that the workstation will be assembled at the same plant in Austin, Texas that manufactured the Mac Pro cylindrical since 2013.
The business is not open about the reason for the switch: it is supposedly allowed for "certain essential elements" in the scheme by exemptions from Trump's China tariffs. "Soon" begins production.
For parts such as partial circuit boards, Apple had obtained 10 of its 15 required exemptions. Whereas Apple has a network of U.S. suppliers for its goods, many computer parts (and competing parts) are still made in China— the company wouldn't have seen much advantage from U.S. assembly if it had to pay a price for some of the main components of the Mac Pro.
As part of Apple's current dedication to American jobs, including its latest investment in Corning, CEO Tim Cook (who suggested this option in July) claimed this. It's not necessarily the coup, though, that looks like blush at first.
Because of its small quantity (few individuals will purchase a $6,000 tower for house use) and the elevated level of automation at the Austin plant, Apple can generate the Mac Pro stateside.
This will not result in an abundance of fresh employment, and making high-volume products such as iPhones and MacBooks in China may still be more practical, even if potential tariffs are cutting into profit margins for Apple.