President Donald Trump revealed via tweet that Apple won’t be given tariff relief or exemptions on Mac Pro components that are made in China.
Apple requested the government tariff exemption on accessories such as the Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse, as well as parts for the upcoming Mac Pro in line with the 25% dues added on Chinese imports. The Cupertino-based firm has added that there were no other sources for the proprietary components that will make up the new Mac Pro.
Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, 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
Quanta Computer of China has been tasked with assembling the Mac Pro. The previous model was assembled in Texas and was the first major Apple hardware that was manufactured in the US.
Earlier this month, a spokesperson from Apple mentioned that assembly is just one part of the whole building process, and that the new model will be engineered and designed in the US with US-made components.