After a series of conflicting reports regarding where the new Mac Pro will be manufactured, Apple finally confirmed that they have decided to manufacture the newest version of the high power computer in their Austin, Texas site. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said that they are committed to helping the U.S. economy and fully manufacturing Mac Pro in the country is one way to do so. However, analysts said that one of the driving reason why Apple decided to not manufacture in China is to avoid paying tariffs.
“As part of its commitment to U.S. economic growth, Apple today confirmed that its newly redesigned Mac Pro would be manufactured in Austin, Texas,” Apple wrote in a blog post announcement. “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.”
Apple said that the new generation of the Mac Pro is comprised of parts and components that are “designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to U.S. customers.” The suppliers of components for the new Mac Pro comes from different companies across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor.
“The U.S. 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 added.
The Mac Pro is a high-end computer designed for the needs of programmers, designers, and animators, who need powerful computers. It starts at $5,999 and one of the low volume products in the company’s portfolio as it is specifically targeted to those who need more computing power.
Earlier this year, reports showed that Apple is moving the manufacturing of the new generation of Mac Pro from their Austin, Texas factory, where the previous versions were manufactured, to China. Apple planned to partner with Quanta Computer, a China-based company which is geographically closer to its other factories.
During the first announcement, Apple’s decision to move Mac Pro manufacturing to China is to save the company costs associated with shipping parts from the U.S. to China and vice versa for the last step of its production process.
“Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process,” Apple said in a statement. “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,” Apple’s then statement said.
However, right now, Apple decided to have the new generation Mac Pro manufactured in Texas as they have already secured suppliers that can provide the components needed to build the computer within the United States, thus eliminating the need to ship parts from China.
“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. “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.”
Apple said that their decision to retain manufacturing of Mac Pro in Texas is part of their commitment to invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy by 2023. Last year alone, the company spent over $60 billion with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the United 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,” the blog post reads.