Unexpectedly, Apple transferred the production of the brand new (very expensive, very powerful and so on) Mac Pro from the United States to China, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal.
This is surprising for two reasons: first, the Mac Pro had been manufactured in the USA for six years, more specifically at the Flex facility, located in Austin (Texas) – where Apple will even build a new campus. Second, tensions between the United States and China are at a height as the trade war between the two powers only heats up – making the company even expand production to other countries, relying less and less on China.
Despite the possibility of more Apple products being charged by the US government, Apple signed a contract with the Chinese Quanta Computer to manufacture the new Mac Pro over there. This partnership is not exactly new, as Quanta manufactures several models of MacBooks for Apple.
The decision (to produce in China) was most likely also influenced by Quanta’s distance from other Apple component suppliers in Asia, as the company could save even more on shipping costs for these parts (instead of shipping everything to the USA).
The fact that the production of the latest generation of the Mac Pro (2013 model) in the USA was problematic for Apple must also have weighed. Earlier this year, we announced that sales of workstation were postponed because the company’s supplier in Texas was unable to manufacture enough screws!
Still according to the WSJ, an Apple spokesman said the new Mac Pro was architected and designed in the U.S., and includes parts made in the United States. Despite the decision, the company also said it supports production in the United States and spent $ 60 billion last year on more than 9,000 suppliers in the country.
In addition to Flex workers, another person who will certainly not be happy with the news is the American President Donald Trump, who repeatedly defended the idea of the Cupertino giant transferring its production to his native country.