Apple's Mac Pro to Be Assembled by Flextronics in Fort Worth, Texas?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last December, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple would be bringing some Mac production back to the United States. He offered more details on the effort last month, and earlier this week the company announced that its radically redesigned Mac Pro coming later this year will be the product line assembled in the U.S.

    Apple had been presumed to be working with current manufacturing partner Foxconn on the U.S. production, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google translation, via Mac Otakara] that Apple will actually be partnering with Flextronics for the new Mac Pro.

    Last week, we received an unconfirmed tip making a similar claim about Flextronics' role in the "Made in the USA" Mac, with the source alleging that Flextronics will be assembling the product at its new facility in Texas. That claim is line with Tim Cook's disclosure during a Senate hearing on Apple's tax practices last month that the product would be assembled in the state.

    Flextronics' new Texas facilities are housed in a 450,000 square foot building in Fort Worth formerly used by Nokia. Flextronics will be using the site for production of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, but our source indicated that Apple's production will also take place there.

    Apple's new Mac Pro will be launching later this year, but Apple has yet to reveal pricing or a more specific launch timeframe following Monday's "sneak peek" at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

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  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
  4. Mac21ND, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    I thought it was being made by Rubbermaid or Tuberware.

    (You see, I made a trashcan joke there... ha...ha... ok, that's joke's old already.)
  5. macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2008
    How Much ?

    What is a Good, Educated Guess, on what the entry level model will cost?
  6. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Wonder how much this will cost outside U.S.
    Hopefully the same plus minus currency.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    This is great. More stuff needs to be made in North America. We need more manufacturing and assembly jobs!!
  8. Guest

    Looks like a jet turbine here. A lot better than a trash can, RDD2, champagne bucket... (did I miss any?)
  9. macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2005
    I'm guessing 10-20% up on the current model, Apple don't tend to hike the price of new models considerably higher than the previous ones
  10. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2012
    Made in the USA, sure. Made by an American? No. Made by an automated robot. The level of automation for this has to be above their typical products, otherwise there's no way it'd be made in the USA.
  11. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    What % is Assembled of components made overseas?

    PCB assembly is not expensive as it is highly automated.
    Case, could be overseas.
  12. AppleWarMachine, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013

    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    Later this year ... meaning the end of December...
    ...and it will costs 3X more because of being built in the USA :eek:

    EDIT: only 2X more, since it will be made by robots
  13. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2011
    Mentor, OH
    Bigger in Texas

    I thought everything was bigger in Texas..
  14. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    RubbermaID. ;)
  15. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Likely all of it. The US plant is only for assembly.
  16. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2012
    Few jobs. How many people do you think it takes to make one of these? A tiny fraction of a person. It's mostly robots. That's why it's in the USA, otherwise labour costs would be too high.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2010
    Apple makes a big deal about it (made in USA); they probably hire a hundred people to assemble the products.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I think that is a good decision by Apple more companies need to build their products in their own countries instead of using cheap eastern labour.

    Got to be good for your own economy to create jobs & work plus bet the build quality will be higher ! :cool:
  19. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
  20. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2013
    Santa Fe, NM
    Why Texas? Because there is no state income tax. Companies move there all the time because of less burden by the government.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Beat me to the punch on the aircraft engine. You forgot to say diaper genie :)
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Not even close.

    Gotta get those upvotes though! right?
  23. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Why would Apple willingly co-locate a production facility with Google? Did they learn nothing from having a mole in their boardroom?
  24. macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    DFW, TX
    Here's the address of the facility.

    5650 Alliance Gateway Fwy‎
    Fort Worth, TX 76177
  25. syd430, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 13, 2013


    Why should I pay more for goods when it can be built overseas cheaper? Why do you think the answer is to artificially prop up the labour market in ways that the economy doesn't support? Market forces are best left to do their thing unless intervention is absolutely necessary.

    Edit: Should make it clear that i'm talking about the broader manufacturing sector and government intervention. Not private decisions made by companies. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with Apple building the mac pro in the US. They've clearly worked out that the NPV from either an economic or publicity standpoint is worth it for a low volume and highly specialised product line.

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