Mac Pro Production Is Moving to China

Yolanda Curtis
June 29, 2019

The Mac maker reportedly contracted Quanta Computer to make the $6,000 computer in a factory near Shanghai.

Apple made the previous Mac Pro in Austin, Texas beginning in 2013. However, for the 2019 Mac Pro, production is thought to be moving back to China.

The news comes as China and the USA are embroiled in a trade war, with the Trump administration having imposed billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese-made goods, and threatening more tariffs that would hit Apple products.

The decision marks the departure of the tech giant's only major product manufactured in the U.S.

Since he was a presidential contender, Trump has called on Apple to make more devices in the U.S. In 2017, he told The Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook "promised to build three big plants, attractive plants" in the U.S.

Shifting production to a Shanghai-area factory would help reduce shipping costs with Apple's other suppliers in China, the report noted. It said, "Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process" and that it spent $60 billion past year on 9,000 suppliers across 30 states.

"If true, suggests to me that Apple has tremendous confidence that the U.S. and China will be able to solve their trade dispute and do so in the near-future", D.A. Davidson analyst Tom Forte said in an email.

"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 said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Cook said China has not targeted Apple amid the trade war. Then, as Mac Pro sales faltered, Flex began laying off workers in Austin, and by a year ago had a skeleton crew left in Austin, according to a former Flex vice president quoted by the Journal. That also means the only major product Apple manufactured in the US will be joining the rest of the company's lineup in being made overseas.

Neither Flex nor Quanta Computer immediately responded to requests for comment. The report comes ahead of President Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, to seek a truce in their trade war and revive negotiations between the world's two largest economies.

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