After numerous months of conjecture, Apple has revealed that the newest version of the Mac Pro will be made in the United States. Three months ago, there was mention in the Wall Street Journal that Apple would be relocating production of the highly anticipated device to a facility outside of Shanghai, China. Rather than rejecting these claims, Apple simply said, “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.”
Although, recently Apple announced that manufacturing would be coming back to Austin, Texas, utilizing manufacturers from a number of states such as Maine, New York, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Semiconductor companies such as ON Semiconductor (headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona) and Intersil (headquartered in Milpitas, California) are some of the suppliers involved.
“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 Apple Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cook. “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 U.S suppliers, and we’re going to continue growing here.”
This action is on par with Apple’s decision to invest $350 billion in the United States over the next three years. Initial rumours that the company would be moving to Chinese manufacturers was a key element for Donald Trump, who turned his focus on Cook and Apple in several tweets.
“Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China,” Trump said in a tweet from July. “Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!”