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Apr 12, 2001

In a tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Apple will not be granted tariff exemptions or relief on Mac Pro parts made in China.

Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs! - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019

Earlier this month, Apple requested the Trump administration to exclude components for the new Mac Pro and various accessories like the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad from being subject to a 25 percent tariff on Chinese imports, according to filings with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


In all of its exclusion requests, Apple indicated that "there are no other sources for this proprietary, Apple-designed component."

The new Mac Pro will be assembled in China by contract manufacturer Quanta Computer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The current Mac Pro, released in 2013, has been assembled in Texas since its release and is Apple's only major hardware product manufactured in the United States.

Last month, an Apple spokesperson said "final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process," adding that the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the United States and includes some U.S.-made components.

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Article Link: Donald Trump Says Apple Won't Be Granted Tariff Relief on Mac Pro Parts Made in China: 'Make Them in The USA, No Tariffs!'
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macrumors 65816
Aug 6, 2008
St. Louis
For "cheap" stuff, I fully understand companies wanting to out-source production. items $100-$1000 may save a significant percentage of their manufacturing costs by building them elsewhere.

But for "expensive" stuff like the Mac Pro, which can easily cost over $10,000, what percentage of that is saved by out-sourcing the work?

Same thing with cars. When the average car costs $30,000 and up, constantly out-sourcing them just to appease shareholders will come back to hurt them.

If you get rid of all the jobs, who will buy their stuff?
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