President Trump, Apple CEO Cook to tour Apple’s Austin, Texas Mac Pro assembly plant on Wednesday

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) confers with U.S. President Donald Trump
Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) confers with U.S. President Donald Trump

Apple plans to assemble its new, long-awaited Mac Pro computer in Austin, Texas. President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook plan to tour the plant on Wednesday…

Hailey Waller for Bloomberg:

The president plans to visit the plant along with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, according to a tweet by spokesman Judd Deere. The Austin American-Statesman newspaper reported that Trump will travel with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other administration officials.

The visit also comes at a time the U.S. and China are close to finalizing the first phase of a highly-anticipated trade deal.

It’s not the first time Cook and Trump have spent time together. They’ve dined at the president’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, twice in the past two years, most recently in August. Cook also attended a state dinner hosted by Trump in 2018 for French President Emmanuel Macron.

Apple’s presence in the Texas capital is the biggest after its headquarters in Cupertino, California, the Austin American-Statesman said, and the company has said it will invest $1 billion in Austin to build an office park capable of holding 15,000 additional employees.

MacDailyNews Take: Last week, Apple announced that the all-new Mac Pro, the world’s best pro desktop, and Apple Pro Display XDR, the world’s best pro display, will be available in December. Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a super-wide viewing angle, all at a breakthrough price point. Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999. Both will be available to order in December.

Hopefully the new Mac Pro begins shipping as early in 2020 as possible!


  1. Best buds? Whatever… If it makes big investors have confidence in Apple, I’m all for it. Better to have POTUS on Apple’s side considering how Amazon and Jeff Bezos are feeling pain from losing the JEDI contract. Maybe POTUS can help direct some government contracts to Apple.

  2. I’ll take an Apple w/o the distracting governmental expectations any day.
    Apple assets are the world’s deepest and are so w/o such contracts.
    Being lopsided with AAPL, I benefit greatly from Apple’s tariff protection, but I abhor the preferential treatment when other worthy companies get no such coddling.

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