Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Want to Continue Making the Mac Pro in the United States

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During today's earnings call covering the third quarter of 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple wants to continue making the Mac Pro in the United States.

Cook made the statement in response to a question about Apple potentially moving Mac Pro production out of the United States due to looming tariffs on components imported from China.

There's been a lot of speculation around the topic of different moves and so forth. I wouldn't put a lot of stock in those. The way I view that is the vast majority of our products are kind of made everywhere.
Cook went on to explain that products and components are made in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Europe, and other places. "That's the nature of a global supply chain," he said. "I think that will carry the day, in the future as well."

As for the Mac Pro specifically, Cook said that Apple is continuing to invest in its U.S. production facilities.
We've been making the Mac Pro in the United States and we want to continue doing that. We're working and investing currently in the capacity to do so. We want to continue to be there. That's what's behind the exclusions.
Apple has been manufacturing the current Mac Pro in Texas since its 2013 launch, but a June report from The Wall Street Journal said that the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro will be assembled by Quanta Computer in China.

In a statement at the time, Apple said that "final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process" explaining that the Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes U.S.-made components.

Apple in July asked for a U.S. import tariff exemption on parts for the new Mac Pro, which President Trump said would be denied.

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Hey, Tim, regardless of which country you make the Mac Pro in, could you please do it sooner than in six friggin' years after releasing the upcoming model? I mean, can you do it sooner than 2025? For anyone who thinks this is an exaggeration, just keep in mind that the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro is replacing a Mac Pro that hasn't been updated since 2013.
 

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During today's earnings call covering the third quarter of 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple wants to continue making the Mac Pro in the United States.

Cook made the statement in response to a question about Apple potentially moving production out of China due to looming tariffs.

Cook went on to explain that products and components are made in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Europe, and other places. "That's the nature of a global supply chain," he said. "I think that will carry the day, in the future as well."

As for the Mac Pro specifically, Cook said that Apple is continuing to invest in its U.S. production facilities.Apple has been manufacturing the current Mac Pro in Texas since its 2013 launch, but a June report from The Wall Street Journal said that the upcoming 2019 Mac Pro will be assembled by Quanta Computer in China.

In a statement at the time, Apple said that "final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process" explaining that the Mac Pro is designed and engineered in California and includes U.S.-made components.

Apple in July asked for a U.S. import tariff exemption on parts for the new Mac Pro, which President Trump said would be denied.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Article Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Want to Continue Making the Mac Pro in the United States
Is there a typo in the first paragraph? Should it read “U.S.” instead of “China”?

“During today's earnings call covering the third quarter of 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple wants to continue making the Mac Pro in China.“
 

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Was a typo. I fixed it, sorry about that.
Having money isn’t going to suddenly make it so the US has the proper workforce and facilities to do so.
having money though is the prime way of fixing that though.

yo won't have staff or talent pool untl there's work for them to come.

This is one of those places that "if they build it, they will come". people WILL work where there's work to be found. People aren't going to suddenly move to _________ an train in _______ if there's no job here to use those skills.

Apple has the money to build the factory and plants, train the employees, and even build a small town around it to help get the ball rolling

simply put. They will not spend that money doing so. it would require repatriation of a lot of money they have not paid tax on, AND it would for a short period result in a diminished profit number due to the up front cost.

that's where the idea is dropping dead. Tim Cook will not risk such profit change even if it's short term. His deal as CEO for his stock options is pegged to the stock price at a given point of time. He will do what is in HIS best interest to ensure he getes maximum value. That means he needs to keep it high when those shares divest. This isn't about whats best for Apple or whats best for "MAGA". this is about whats best for Tim.
 

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Does Trump (and his supporters) really believe that Americans want to assemble iPhones for minimum wage pay? There's a reason these companies outsource work.
The sad thing a lot of people think so.
Honestly, there is no way Americans can compete with 3rd World countries in large scale manufacturing. Standard of living, red tape, insurance costs, taxations, etc. It's way more costly in USA.
It's an illusion that is bestowed in order to get votes.
 

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Really? You're saying money can't buy qualified labor and facilities? We can build jetliners in the USA but we can't assemble the components of a computer here?
It's about the supply chain and the expertise surrounding it. There's a reason why there's not a single LCD factory in the country.

Metallurgy and engineering for jetliners is different from microelectronics.