…to avoid some China tariffs.
Most of Apple’s products and components are assembled in China. On Friday, September 20, Apple received federal product exclusions enabling it to import some Mac Pro parts without paying tariffs.
September 23rd Apple Press Release – emphasis added:
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.
It has been rumoured for months that the next MacPro would be built in Austin. But Apple was able to secure trade tariff exclusions from the Trump administration prior to the announcement. So win for Apple, but Trump is sure to twist this and exploit the announcement for his political purposes.