The latest generation Mac Pro will be manufactured in the same facility in Austin, Texas where Mac Pro has been made since 2013, Apple said on Monday, following some relief on tariffs by the U.S. government.
Apple says that the new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to US customers. Manufacturers and suppliers across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor, are providing technology.
The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. Apple’s requests for tariff exemptions were for components such as partially completed circuit boards.
Apple says that the value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro. The revamped model was announced in June at the company’s annual conference for developers and starts at $6,000. Compared with the previous version, the new model is far more customizable and integrates with a new high-resolution external monitor.
Apple has committed to invest $350 billion in the US economy by 2023. Last year alone, the company spent over $60 billion with more than 9,000 domestic suppliers across the country, including at manufacturing locations in 36 states. Apple’s investments support 2.4 million jobs in all 50 states, including 90,000 direct employees. Last week, Apple announced it is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated, supplier of precision glass for iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad. To date, Apple has invested over $1 billion in American companies from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund — deploying the entire $1 billion initial investment and 20 percent of the $5 billion it subsequently committed to spend. In December, Apple announced plans to expand its presence in Austin and a dozen other cities across the country, including San Diego and Seattle.