The new cheese grater variant of the Mac Pro, which Apple introduced earlier this year, was initially going to be manufactured in China. However, that will no longer be the case.
Apple announced on Monday that the company will be moving production of its new Mac Pro (back) to Texas. This is following the company receiving a set number of tariff exemptions for the most powerful Mac the company has ever put together. Production of the new Mac Pro will happen in the same facility where the previous iteration of the Mac Pro was manufactured, in Austin, Texas, later this year.
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.
Apple notes that the company is on track to meet its $350 billion commitment to the United States economy by 2023. Indeed, the company breaks down its major monetary injections into a variety of U.S.-based companies in today’s announcement:
Apple is on track to fulfill its commitment to invest $350 billion in the US economy by 2023. Last year alone, the company spent over $60 billion with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the country, including at manufacturing locations in 36 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. To date, Apple has invested over $1 billion in American companies from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund — deploying the entire $1 billion initial investment and 20 percent of the $5 billion it subsequently committed to spend. In December, Apple announced plans to expand its presence in Austin and a dozen other cities across the country, including San Diego and Seattle.
It was reported back in June, not long after the new Mac Pro was unveiled at this year’s WWDC, that manufacturing for the powerful computer would be shifting back to China. The 2013 “trashcan” Mac Pro was manufactured in Texas, so Apple is really going back to how things were just a few years ago.