Apple will continue to manufacture Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, the company said. on Monday. Media reports suggested that the new Mac Pro, which was announced in June, could be made in China. The Mac Pro has been assembled in Austin since 201
Apple credits the federal government with helping to make this possible. "The production of Mac Pro in the US is possible after excluding federal products that Apple receives for some necessary components," Apple said in a statement.
Apple does not say so specifically, but other news reports have reported that this applies to Apple by waiving tariffs on components made by China. In recent months, the Trump administration has declined comprehensive customs tariffs on goods made by China as part of President Trump's ongoing trade war with China.
In a tweet last month, Donald Trump promised not to provide Apple with a tariff break on components made by China. "Apple will not receive a tariff waiver or relief for Mac Pro parts manufactured in China," he wrote. "Make Them In The US."
But Apple has apparently convinced the Trump administration to change its sound. "We thank the administration for their support that gave us this opportunity," CEO Tim Cook said in a press release Monday.
Apple's statement also includes this puzzling sentence: "The new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by US companies other than a dozen US distribution companies."
This final phrase – "to distribute to US customers "- suggests that Apple can only make Macs in the United States, and Mac Pro for overseas customers collected elsewhere. But it may just be a confusing sentence. We have asked Apple for details and will update if the company responds.