Apple 23rd Sept stated that they will be manufacturing the next Mac Pro will also be manufactured at its Austin, Texas facility. Apple has been manufacturing Mac Pros in Texas since the 2013 iteration, the first one version that showcased the now-iconic “trashcan” design.
MacRumors asked Apple for clarification about the Mac Pro. Specifically, they asked whether the Texas facility will be making Mac Pros for distribution in other countries. Apple, however, hasn’t clarified its stance on this.
With rising labor costs and the ongoing China trade war, how is Apple able to continue manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin? Tim Cook referenced import tariff exemptions that the Us federal government gave to Apple. This is what Cook had to say:
“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. We believe deeply in the power of American innovation. That’s why every Apple product is designed and engineered in the US, and made up of parts from 36 states, supporting 450,000 jobs with US suppliers, and we’re going to continue growing here.”
Greg Abbott, Texas’ governor also had contributed to the discussion. He called Apple’s decision to stay “a testament to Texas’ unrivaled workforce and premier business climate.” Governor Abbott also promised to promote state policies that were investment-friendly. This is what Governor Abbott had to say about the decision:
“Apple’s latest investment is a testament to Texas’ unrivaled workforce and premier business climate. Our state’s economy is thriving as the tech and manufacturing sectors continue to expand. I am grateful for Apple’s commitment to creating jobs in Texas, and will continue to promote fiscal and regulatory policies that encourage investment in our state and benefit future generations of Texans.”
Apple is reliant on China-based manufacturing for many product lines. However, it continues to invest heavily in US industry, with a commitment to investing $350 billion in the country’s economy.