Made in America: Apple to build new, insanely powerful Mac Pro in Texas after securing tariff relief

The latest generation Mac Pro will be manufactured in the same facility in Austin, Texas where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.
The latest generation Mac Pro will be manufactured in the same facility in Austin, Texas where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.

As part of its commitment to US economic growth, Apple today confirmed that its newly redesigned Mac Pro will be manufactured in Austin, Texas. This latest generation Mac Pro, which was unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June, will begin production soon at the same Austin facility where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.

The new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to US customers. Manufacturers and suppliers across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor, are providing advanced technology. The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.

Apple’s domestic investment supports 450,000 jobs at US suppliers.
Apple’s domestic investment supports 450,000 jobs at US suppliers.

“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 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “We believe deeply in the power of American innovation. That’s why every Apple product is designed and engineered in the U.S., and made up of parts from 36 states, supporting 450,000 jobs with US suppliers, and we’re going to continue growing here.”

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Apple is on track to fulfill its commitment to invest $350 billion in the US economy by 2023. Last year alone, the company spent over $60 billion with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the country, including at manufacturing locations in 36 states. Apple’s investment in innovation supports 2.4 million jobs in all 50 states, including 90,000 direct employees. Last week, Apple announced it is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated, supplier of precision glass for iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad. To date, Apple has invested over $1 billion in American companies from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund — deploying the entire $1 billion initial investment and 20 percent of the $5 billion it subsequently committed to spend. In December, Apple announced plans to expand its presence in Austin and a dozen other cities across the country, including San Diego and Seattle.

Apple works with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the country, including at this Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin.
Apple works with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the country, including at this Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin.

Source: Apple Inc.

Tripp Mickle for the Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. said it is keeping production of its new Mac Pro in Texas, reversing earlier plans to shift assembly of the computer to China.
The decision follows the Trump administration’s move last week to grant tariff exemptions on 10 items Apple imports from China. The exclusions for components, including a power supply and a logic board, cover a period from September of last year to August 2020, and the U.S. will refund tariffs already paid.

The tech giant had earlier tapped Taiwanese contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to assemble the nearly $6,000 desktop computer outside Shanghai.

“We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, in a statement Monday.

Apple’s decision to reverse course and instead keep the computer’s assembly in Texas is among the most pronounced examples of how tariffs have roiled corporate decision-making. Former operations employees and current suppliers say they have spent much of the past year evaluating contingency plans for products that are assembled in China, as the company looks to avoid tariffs. Apple had asked suppliers to move as much as a third of production for some devices outside China.

MacDailyNews Take: And, unlike the past four+ years, workers in Austin’s Mac Pro plant will actually have orders to fulfill!

17 Comments

      1. Are you a liberal because you are stupid, or are you stupid because you are a liberal?

        Please stop being stupid. Stupid people elect stupid liberal politicians who destroy the country. Look how bad things are now. Every major city us run by liberals and they are all cesspools.

        Worse, stupid people breed, and those stupid people vote for more stupid liberals

        Please stop being stupid. I beg you.

        1. D — come back to reality. The shithole states, in terms of poverty, health, lack of education and many other factors, are all the most right-wing states.

          California, which you lot hate so much, has an economy that is near the top in the list of COUNTRIES.

          And your senile, orange-faced buffoon is in process of destroying not only the country, but democracy itself.

          1. Obviously you have a severe reading comprehension problem. I wrote “cities” not “states”, but since you brought up CA., Los Angeles and San Francisco are cesspools of crime, corruption, drugs, illegal aliens and stupidity, and both are run by Demonrats. Just like every major city

          2. Democrats are Pro Death (no problem killing innocent children)

            Republicans are Pro life

            Democrats support globalism

            Republicans support patriotism

            Democrats burn the flag

            Republicans stand for the flag

            Democrats defund the military

            Republicans support the military

            Democrats are anti Israel

            Republicans defend Israel

            Democrats support homosexual marriage

            Republicans support biblical marriage

            Democrats believe the are 100s of genders

            Republicans know that there are two genders

            Democrats repress religion

            Republicans support freedom of religion

            Democrats ignore the Constitution

            Republicans honor the Constitution

            Democrats want open borders

            Republican protect borders

            Democrats support illegal aliens

            Republicans support legal Americans

            Democrats despise police

            Republicans honor and support police

            Democrats want mob rule

            Republicans want Rule of Law

            Democrats support socialism

            Republicans support American business and Capitalism

            Democrats hate free speech that does not agree with them

            Republicans support free speech

            Democrats want higher government spending and higher taxes

            Republicans want to cut government spending and lower taxes

            Democrats want rationed healthcare

            Republicans want doctors and patients to decide

            Democrats want to increase the national debt

            Republicans want to slash the national debit

            Democrats want full government control

            Republicans want people in charge with individual liberty

            Democrats want to disarm Americans instead of criminals.

            Republicans want to keep Americans armed and disarm criminals

            Democrats want reduced criminal penalties

            Republicans want strong criminal penalties

            So, why are YOU a democrat?

            1. Democrats are Pro Choice, they realize an unloved unwanted child is a burden to society (no, Republicans don’t adopt them)

              Republicans are Pro life until the unprepared idiot parents ask fir public aid

              Democrats support globalism just like Republicans – look at where Republican led companies do business. See a difference? Me neither.

              Republicans support patriotism just like Democrats. Look how both parties have supported the Military. Democrats win both major world wars.

              Democrats do not burn the flag. They support it like all Americans. Hint: Democrats are not a foreign army.

              Republicans stand for the flag when it is convenient. Do more Republican homes have the flag displayed than Democrat homes? Nope.

              Democrats do not defund the military, already funded at more than the next 8 foreign militaries combined. Did America recently lose an invasion battle or are you ofd your meds?

              Republicans support the military to the point stupidity. Foreign wars like the Reagan and Bush adventures will bleed America dry.

              Democrats are not anti Israel, they are pro-peace. Stealing land promised to Palestine is not honest or peaceful.

              Republicans defend Israel – whatever. Most of them can’t locate it on a map, nor name its leader.

              Democrats support homosexual marriage. Partially true. Most demos don’t care what you call it, civil union or whatever, they simply want equality under law. Same ability to inherit, to visit in a hospital, and claim same tax loopholes that heterosexual couples do. Is equality threatening to you?

              Republicans support biblical marriage which as we all know is not the basis of US law. There is good reason not to allow the US to fall into a christian theocracy. The good almanac of hebrew fairy tales and platitudes is full of errors and inconsistencies. Modern republicans don’t even honor 90% or more of the bible.

              Democrats do not believe the are 100s of genders, despite what this rabid repub wants to claim. Of course, repubs are shockingly badly informed about biological inconsistencies, psychological and hormonal conditions, etc. So they demand freedom for themselves but demand others to conform to their rigid ideology.

              Republicans know that there are two genders, which is accurate for about 98% of the population. Some minorities have genitals of both sexes, hormone issues, and a few percent are attracted to the same sex. Predators like pussy grabber Trump are more than happy for bisexual women to serve him in private.

              Democrats resent theological dogma being enshrined into law, for tax-free churches being used as political organizations, and for hypocrites on the right pretending they alone are moral.

              Republicans do not support freedom of religion; they resent minority religions and the facts are clear for all to see. A fine Sihk man was recently murdered because a Trumpist thought he was muslim. Muslims have had their homes and mosques torched by US arsonists, every one a rightie.

              Democrats are the very ones honoring their duties to the Constitution, holding a reckless idiot POTUS accountable in accordance with Constitutional law. Defending the rights of minorities in the face of Trumpist hate. Putting murdering Charlottesville neo nazis in jail. supporting veterans and working class, not just the rich.

              Republicans honor the Constitution in public, when they need to. Usually however the rightie press can be found chanting “they will not replace us”. “second amendment” (they know no others), or “civil war with the dems!!!”. All usually as a distraction from what should be a sane discussion.

              Here’s the big lie: “Democrats want open borders”. No they do not. Demos want humane treatment for everyone who follows the process. The issue is that the US process stinks. Moscow Mitch has held up all immigration reform for over a decade.

              Republican protect borders using inhuman and yes illegal tactics. You obviously have no shred of christian Biblical teaching in you if your idea of treating refugees is to lock them in gulags, sending kids into a fetid mess of underage kids with no communication with their parents. That is sick.

              Democrats support illegal aliens only in terms of humane treatment. If you break the speed limit, are you an Illegal Driver? If the law is inhumane, it is an unjust law. Any good Samaritan who takes care of the least of us is doing good. Borderlands are not teeming with “murderers and rapists”, they are overcrowded with refugees. The wise thing to do would be for the US to have a multilateral agreement to solve the crises these poor people endured. But Trump hasn’t bothered to talk to anyone in Central America.

              Republicans support legal Americans. They refuse to admit that there are, by US law, anyone can visit the USA for a short time (tourists). Dozens of temporary status are in effect too: students, workers, diplomats, and YES refugees.

              Democrats despise police brutality. They support honest policing that doesn’t nitpick minorities while letting rich off the hook with gross theft and injustice. White collar crime is an epidemic.

              Republicans honor and support police except when inconvenient. White collar crime, poaching, environment destruction, and fun things like letting Saudi Arabia murder US citizens while doing nothing are all right wing dalliances.

              Another BS lie: “Democrats want mob rule”. The inconsistency in this right wing trope is obvious. First the republicans claim there is too much regulation and that’s all the fault of the demos. Then they flip flop and claim the opposite. Which is it today, friend?

              Republicans want Rule of Law and they want to be the one party to write, execute, and judge that law. There is a name for that style of government: fascism. Next time you hear a right winger claiming that they want to pack the courts with only their selections, keep their president in office at all costs, and dominate the congress — ask yourself what a one-party ruled nation looks like in a decade or so. Or can’t repubs grasp history?

              Democrats support socialism, and yet it’s Trump who spent tens of billions bailing out farmers. Republicans apparently are happy to be ripped off by insurance companies and corporate business. For-profit healthcare is most expensive in world with mediocre outcomes. Are the republicans so daft that they refuse to adopt anything other nations have adopted to save money? By the way: your collective defense is publicly funded. If the US turns its back on all socialism, it will have to disband the military and rely on mercenaries for its defense. Get real righties. Public funding accomplishes the unprofitable had stuff that Apple Computer refuses to do.

              Republicans support American business and Capitalism and yet they drive German cars, buy Chinese phones, eat Italian food, drink French wine, and wear clothes sewn in Bangladesh. America cannot survive as an isolated island. Remember that while Republican CEOs fly around the planet on their Falconjets, made in France.

              Democrats hate free speech that does not agree with them exactly as republicans. Witness how intolerant Tweety Man is when he hears that anyone could possibly have a different point of view. Trump thinks in terms of news cycles, Some people want the republic to last centuries.

              Republicans support free speech except when their hypocrisy is laid bare. While holding xenophobic rallies, Trump proudly claimed he would pay the legal bills for anyone who roughed up protesters.

              Democrats want higher government spending and higher taxes is the long-standing claim from the right. But whenever Republicans gain control of Congress, spending dramatically goes up without any means to pay for it. That is a verifiable fact.

              Republicans want to cut government spending and lower taxes but again, their tax slashing is for the rich, and it leaves the next administration with debts as far as the eye can see.

              Democrats do not want rationed healthcare, but anyone with a brain can see that HMOs already ration it. These bureaucrats aren’t looking out for the best public health, they are maximizing profits by denying coverage whenever they can get away with it.

              Republicans want doctors and patients to decide, and by allowing massive consolidation, doctors decide nothing. Corporate lawyers do.

              BOT Democrats AND repubs DO increase the national debt

              There hasn’t been a Republican in 50 years that wanted to slash the national debit, the record is plain to see.

              “Democrats want full government control”. That is such horse hockey. Republicans have spent years with ridiculous excuses for Trump’s immature and reckless behavior so they can brag about packing the courts.

              Demos and Republicans want people in charge with individual liberty — but only demos recognize that in order to not create a permanent underclass of poor, society has to fund safe streets, equal opportunities in education, and so forth. Republicans overwhelmingly want gated communities and are completely blind to ingrained inequality, corporate corruption, and the shocking growing divide in income equality. The rich are connected and privatize the gains while socializing the losses. Biz 101.

              Democrats want to disarm domestic terrorist Americans AND criminals, while allowing sportsmen and sportswomen the right to keep and bear arms that have a practical purpose as imaginable by the signers of the Bill of Rights.

              Republicans want to keep Americans armed and disarm criminals, and fund a corrupt NRA that has been found guilty of laundering Russian funds for political purposes. FACT.

              Democrats want reduced criminal penalties where it makes sense, because prisons cost too much in taxpayers money and are doing a poor job in rehabilitation.

              Republicans want strong criminal penalties for the poor while currently supporting a POTUS that appears to have violated the Constitution and federal law. several times.

              So, why are YOU a partisan ass? pull your head out of your butt and elect the mixture of candidates who will actually represent you instead of sell you a pile of lies on Twitter.

    1. It is good that the Austin facility will be seeing more action.. I own the 2013 Mac Pro “trash can” that was made there, and really admire the build quality. This whizbang new Mac Pro had to have been Jony Ive’s swan song, as it features his signature geometric excursions. (They could have shaved $hundreds off the price tag, and got it out faster, by just drilling a bunch of holes, as with the cheese grater models.. but no, they remain, infuriatingly, a company that wants to be Picasso, Dali, or Gaudi.)

      The Texas Guv, the Prez, and their staffers literally compromised with Apple on tariff exemptions, which is good politics and good business. The nation would be well-served by more of this kind of reasoned backroom dealing and less bluster and recrimination.

  1. Wonderful. So the technical evaluation process for dispensing tariff relief is disagreeing with this num num President whose tariffs are responsible for the need of this in the first place.

    Isn’t that lovely? We really need to get rid of this guy.

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