Apple breaks ground on new $1 billion Austin campus and begins production of all-new Mac Pro

Apple has broken ground on its new 133-acre campus in Austin, which will initially house 5,000 employees.
Apple has broken ground on its new 133-acre campus in Austin, which will initially house 5,000 employees.

Apple today announced the start of construction on its new campus in Austin, Texas, as part of its broad expansion in the city. At a production facility just a short distance away, Apple is preparing to ship the all-new Mac Pro to customers starting in December.

“Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”

The all-new Mac Pro was unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Mac Pro units are now in production in Austin and will soon ship to customers across the Americas. The 244,000-square-foot Mac Pro facility employs more than 500 people in a range of roles, including electrical engineers and electronics assemblers, who build each unique unit to customers’ specifications.

Apple’s growth in Austin is part of the company’s nationwide expansion — announced in January 2018 — to increase its investment in manufacturing, engineering and other jobs across the US. Apple is on track to contribute $350 billion to the US economy between 2018 and 2023, and during that time will hire an additional 20,000 employees in cities across the country.

Apple in Austin

Apple has broken ground on its new $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot campus. The campus will initially house 5,000 employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to open in 2022.
Apple is steadily growing in Austin with approximately 7,000 employees in the city — more than a 50 percent increase in the past five years alone.

As part of its commitment to respecting the historical and geographical significance of the area, Apple is partnering with Austin-based Bartlett Tree Experts to preserve and increase the diversity of native trees on the 133-acre property. Thousands of trees spanning over 20 varieties native to Texas are planned for the campus — significantly more than were on the site before construction started. Additionally, the site will be designed to maximize green space, with landscaping covering over 60 percent of the campus, including a 50-acre nature and wildlife preserve that will be open to the public. Like all Apple facilities, the new Austin campus will run on 100 percent renewable energy, including from solar power generated on site.

Earlier this year, Apple launched its Community Education Initiative in Austin, partnering with Austin Community College, Austin area public schools and other community partners to bring Swift coding into the classroom. In addition, Austin Community College was one of the first community colleges in the country to offer App Development with Swift to train its students to design and develop apps.

Making Mac Pro in the US

The all-new Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful machine ever, and 15,000 times faster than the original Mac. Apple and its manufacturing partners invested over $200 million in the Mac Pro facility in Austin, building out the complex assembly line where the Mac Pro is produced. Each Mac Pro travels a distance of 1,000 feet along the production line, with some components requiring precision placement within the width of a human hair.

Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California, and assembled in Austin, Texas, in a facility that employs more than 500 people.
Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California, and assembled in Austin, Texas, in a facility that employs more than 500 people.

Like all Apple products, Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California. Apple uses 9,000 suppliers across all 50 states, and Mac Pro contains hundreds of components from companies in 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington. This includes computer processors from Arizona and Oregon and graphics processors from New York, as well as electrical components from Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The Mac Pro manufacturing site is UL Zero Waste to Landfill Gold certified, and has been recognized by Austin Water for Excellence in Water Conservation and Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

Apple has suppliers in all 50 states. Mac Pro components come from companies in 19 states.
Apple has suppliers in all 50 states. Mac Pro components come from companies in 19 states.

Apple in the US

Apple is on track to reach its 2018 commitment of contributing $350 billion to the US economy by 2023, and will spend $30 billion in capital expenditures during that same period. The company supports 2.4 million jobs across the US, including 450,000 manufacturing and operations jobs and 90,000 direct employees in all 50 states.

More than $1 billion from Apple’s $5 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund has already been invested in American companies to foster innovation and growth in the US manufacturing sector. That includes $450 million distributed to Corning Incorporated in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, to support its research and development into state-of-the-art glass processes, equipment and materials integral to the delivery of next-generation consumer devices; $390 million awarded to Finisar in Sherman, Texas, to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers; and $10 million allocated to the Elysis aluminum partnership to bring revolutionary advancements in green aluminum manufacturing to the commercial market.

Apple also continues its expansion in Boulder, Culver City, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: As per:

• Mac Pro: Finally!
• Austin: Congrats!
• Apple’s contribution to the U.S. economy: Yuuge! (Apple is smartly reiterating the facts ahead of the Mac Pro facility tour by President Trump and CEO Cook later today.)


  1. Nice! It is good to know where your MacPro will be manufactured. But does anybody know where Apple’s website accessory page of all the dongle connections are manufactured?

    And more importantly, what did Apple do with the “Star” rating system and consumers comments, good, bad, or indifferent, just three days after a YouTuber did a video going over all the bad comments and low star ratings on Apple’s cables not working well and playing nice with Thunderbolt 3 / USB C ports on the MacBook Pro and that is all Apple gives you to connect to outside devices? And that YouTuber was just responding to all the down votes he got when he chided Apple’s move utilizing all the same ports, thus requiring “Dongleitis” which is the problem some users are having to connect devices to the computer. He asked why the down votes on his video when apparently it is not just his opinion or that he is stupid, or that he is doing it wrong. And he read review after review of the various dongles by Apple and third party of consumers difficulty and displeasure of things not ” just works” regarding their expensive Apple laptop. Reviews that now no longer are available to read on Apple’s website.

    I just went to double check, in case Apple was doing some website maintenance and the star ratings and consumer reviews would have been returned but alas, they are still removed from Apple’s website and again, just days after the YouTuber’s video on November 17, 2019. Why Apple? Why???

    Have any of you out there had problems with Apple website dongles either Apple made or third party? Does anybody find it strange that the rating and reviews section of each product is no longer available just days after this YouTuber’s video. Anyone curious?!?

    1. Sounds like someone is pissed that no one paid attention to his YouTube video.

      Personally I like the USB-C connectors. Easy to use, doesn’t break, can be replaced cheaper (unlike the MagSafe cord), charge on either side or connect to either side.
      Dongles have been around for a while. Even with display port you would need an adaptor to connect a display.

      Back on topic. Hopefully the MacPro will ship this year and it will be interesting how many they sell in the next quarter. Meeting demand will be important if Apple want to claim that manufacturing in the US is doable.

    1. I feel compelled to counter your obvious partisanship (MAGA) with facts. Apple started building Mac Pros in the United States in 2013 — years before the current Administration.

      Apple certainly deserves credit for returning a bit of high tech manufacturing to the CONUS, as well as its progressive initiatives in product recycling, renewable energy, worker protections, etc. However, I suspect that most of the components inside the Mac Pro are still sourced from SE Asia. It takes time and distance to turn the Titanic.

  2. Honestly you won’t be getting a new Mac Pro soon. Why? Because you don’t need it. It is a star destroyer compared to a tie fighter(all other macs). The second reason? 98% of Apple customers can not afford it.

  3. It’s doubtful Apple will ship a single Mac Pro in 2019. They will bide their time taking orders instead and think that’s enough, that they lived up to their word – not. 2020 iss the real year of the 2020 Mac Pro. Fully 8 years since the last real pro 2012 Mac Pro. The Austin facility size and crew complement suggests Apple think it will sell quite a few. Only reason they wouldn’t is if they are already too late and too many pro’s are already settled in with their PC Workstations. Time will tell.

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