Apple announced Monday that the next generation of its Mac Pro high-end computer would continue to be manufactured in the United States after receiving Friday the US government customs exemptions on several components.
“As part of its commitment to US economic growth, Apple today confirmed that the new version of its Mac Pro would be manufactured in Austin, Texas,” said Apple in a statement posted on its website.
According to the apple firm, the manufacturing of the new Mac Pro was “made possible after a federal exemption on products that Apple has received for certain fundamental components.”
The services of the US Trade Representative Office (USTR) on Friday gave the California giant an exemption on 10 computer components imported from China, previously subject to a surtax of 25%.
“The value of the components of the new Mac Pro manufactured in the United States will be 2.5 times higher than that of the previous generation,” said Apple, which states that 12 US companies will participate in the development, development and production computer for commercialization in the United States.
The Mac Pro sold starting at $ 6,000, is manufactured since 2013 in the same factory, located in the Texas capital.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was “proud” to continue producing this product on US soil, thanking “the administration for its support.”
The Wall Street Journal had said in late June that Apple had decided to transfer the production of the new Mac Pro to China.
A few weeks later, US President Donald Trump assured that the company would not benefit from preferential treatment on tariffs, urging the US giant to produce in the US if he did not want to suffer from the trade war with China.
“Make them in the United States, no tariffs!” Tweeted the White House tenant.
Beijing and Washington have been engaged for more than a year in a commercial arm wrestling, imposing each other tariffs.