Apple Watch, AirPods, and Other Apple Goods to Be Exempt From China Tariffs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple Watch, AirPods, and some other Apple products will be exempted from a proposed $200 billion tariff on Chinese goods, reports Bloomberg.

    An updated list of products affected by the tariffs is expected to be released today, and it will not include a product category that covers Apple Watch, AirPods, and other smart watches and fitness trackers. Five separate sources have confirmed to Bloomberg that the Trump administration will exempt many of Apple's products.

    A preliminary tariff list released earlier this year did include wireless devices like the AirPods and the Apple Watch, and Apple in early September said that several of its products would be affected.

    Apple sent a letter to the Trump administration urging it not to apply the tariffs that would affect Apple products, asking the government to instead find "other, more effective" solutions. Apple said implementing the tariffs would lead to lower U.S. growth and competitiveness, along with higher prices for U.S. consumers.

    Back in July, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the tariffs, saying that Apple was "optimistic" the issue would be sorted out, with the company hoping "calm heads prevail."

    This fourth round of tariffs will cover $200 billion in Chinese goods and it joins several other tariffs that have already been put in place on products like steel, aluminum, and billions of dollars worth of goods.

    Update: The new list of tariffs has been released and Apple's devices are indeed excluded.

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  2. Asarien, Sep 17, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018

    Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    The hypocrisy knows zero bounds. Just make it all up as you go!
  3. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    Interesting...what happened behind closed doors to make this happen? o_O
  4. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    So the most valuable company will be exempt, but smaller companies will have to pay. Cool.
  5. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    But Trump will increase taxes on everything else, punishing the poor and the elderly on fixed-income the most, since they rely on commodity imported goods the most.

    This is how Trump and the Republicans punish Americans - by raising prices for everything.

    Trump will squeeze every last penny out of you!
  6. ayres macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2010
    you can’t get me to touch this even with a ten foot pole!
  7. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    My concerns with the trade war are now resolved. Thanks Trump! /s
  8. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Trump probably figured out the raising taxes needs on highly visible products isn't a good look, so he's going to raise taxes on less visible products instead.
  9. patrickbarnes macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2012
    $$$ ;)
  10. madKIR macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    promised backdoor access to iDevices LOL
  11. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    Yay! No tariff on something I buy once every three years!
  12. Sora macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    New York, NY
    So does that mean we owe a ton of money to China because we are in a trade deficit with them?? Or is that money we lost?


    Stupidity is reaching critical levels. And intelligence is being overwhelmed.
  13. magicschoolbus macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2014
    Nothing a little lobbying can't fix by Apple. Wonder how much they had to pay out for this to happen.
  14. ksnell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2012
    Protectionist policies are actually very much a left leaning view and something not many Republicans agree on (unless you count using increased tariffs as a means to end them).

    If the goal is to use them as negotiating leverage to lower tariffs on both sides, I think it makes more sense.
  15. L-Viz macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2017
  16. diamornte macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2009
    Baby potus needs his gold iPhone Tennis Excess Max
  17. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020

    Feb 11, 2007
    The usual hookers, blow, and suitcases of cash most likely
  18. Sora macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    New York, NY
  19. alphaswift macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    What happened? A few choices:

    (a) Tim promised Donald that he would build a factory
    (b) Tim promised Donald that he'd get back door access to iPhones
    (c) Tim promised Donald a board seat with stock options in 2020
    (d) Tim showed Donald some pee-pee pictures taken on an iPhone.

    I'm so hoping for (d)
  20. FNH15 macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2011
    Don't get me wrong, I'm quite pleased by this, as it makes my Apple Watch 4 purchase cheaper, but this kind of exemption underscores just how absurd these protectionist, xenophobic trade policies really are...
  21. L-Viz macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2017
    Baby Potus needs bigger display and keyboard to avoid typos.

  22. HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    President Trump doe not want to harm either U.S. consumers or Apple sales going forward. Nice move! China is also happy too, since 35% of worldwide iPhone sales are in the U.S.
  23. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I need to bury this article. Its how I convinced my wife to let me buy the AW4 this week instead of waiting a couple more months until I'd saved my pocket money ;)
  24. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN

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