In a blow to the U.S. government’s trade-war with China, Apple announced this week that the newest version of its Mac Pro computer would be assembled in China shifting its production from the U.S., where its current / older models are being made.
The news regarding the production shift was reported by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC news and was made after Apple told U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that tariffs on China would hurt its contribution to the U.S. economy.
Apple introduced the new Mac Pro in early June and said that it will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2019. The new $6,000 USD computer will be made by Quanta Computer in Shanghai and will be closer to Apple’s various Asian suppliers. As a result, the company expects to reduce shipping costs.
The Apple Mac Pro coupled with a large monitor
Apple noted in its press release about the Mac Pro, that while assembly takes place in China, the computer is designed and engineered in the U.S. and includes U.S.-made components. President Donald Trump has said multiple times during the last two-years that Apple and other U.S. companies that manufacture their products in China should shift their production to the U.S.
Apple insiders have said that the escalating trade tensions between the two countries are forcing Apple’s management to consider shifting some of its production outside of China, but that this production would likely be to factories in India, Indonesia and Vietnam, and not the United states as President Donald Trump has asked.
Apple’s press release noted that, “Like all of our products, the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes components from several countries including the United States. We’re proud to support manufacturing facilities in 30 U.S. states and last year we spent $60 billion with over 9,000 suppliers across the US. Our investment and innovation supports 2 million American jobs. Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”