In 2013, Apple announced that it would be assembling its high-end desktop computers in the US, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The manufacturing of Apple computers had almost moved out of the country, the company made a point of touting its use of its Texas plant to help produce the Mac Pro. Apple introduced the new Mac Pro earlier this month. It will go on sale later this year.
The news of production shift comes shortly after Apple warned U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer that tariffs on China would hurt its contribution to the U.S. economy. The continuous increasing tensions between the two nations has forced Apple to consider shifting some of its production outside of China. But the assembly shift for the new Mac Pro from the US to China will reduce the shipping cost, according to the WSJ.
The Shangai factory where it would be assembled is more close to Apple’s other supplier in Asia. However, Apple is working with contractor Quanta Computer to assemble the new $6,000 desktop. As the assembly will take place in China Apple said the device is designed and engineered in the U.S. and includes U.S.-made components. Earlier, President Donald Trump has said that Apple should take its manufacturing out of China and bring it to the U.S.
Apple has not denied the report because it comes out courtesy of people who are familiar with its plans. While the Apple spokesperson highlighted the other parts of the production system. The new Mac Pro was designed and engineered in California which includes components from other countries as well. Apple said that it has 30 manufacturing facilities currently running in the US. In 2018, the company has spent $60 billion with over 9,000 suppliers across the US. Our investment and innovation support 2 million American jobs. Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.
It seems like Apple has been planning to shift from the US to China for many years. Because the manufacturing challenges experienced in the US made engineers to shift the production unit so that they’d have access to cheaper and more advanced manufacturing capabilities available there
Moreover, the new Mac Pro is an a complete power packed computer with up to 28-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 1.5TB of ECC RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage, up to AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics with 64GB of HBM2 memory, and eight PCIe expansion slots for maximum performance, expansion, and configurability.
The new design consists of a stainless steel frame along with a smooth handle and an aluminum housing that lifts off for 360-degree access to the entire system. The housing features a unique lattice pattern to maximize airflow. The price of the device will start at $5,999.