No Tariff Waiver for Apple's Mac Pro Parts

Trump slams door on tariff waivers for Apple's newest computer

"Make them in United States of America, no Tariffs!". The tariff in question would subject the Mac Pro to a 25% duty tax on select components and parts.

Apple once pledged to invest $100 million in its Austin, Texas, plant, where previous versions of the Mac Pro were assembled.

Apple is making its new Mac Pro in China instead of the US.

For years, the president has tried to press the tech company to make more of its products in the U.S. Apple had previously assembled its Mac Pro in the U.S. but chose to shift production to China, The Wall Street Journal reported in June.

Trump has previously produced statements about Apple's strategies to develop new USA crops, which have not materialized.

After Apple hinted at increasing the price of its products owing to tariffs on China past year, he asked the iPhone maker to shift manufacturing from Beijing to Washington.

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In Apple's tariff exemption requests for its China-made hardware, it does not explicitly list the Mac Pro. "But we will work it out", Mr. Trump said.

A representative for Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump told reporters in June that he met with Cook privately but he did not say what they discussed. His tweet caused AAPL stock to dip slightly; however, they have since repaired the damage. Last month, Apple was among the companies that sent letters to the US Trade Representative's office warning that additional tariffs would also force tech vendors to raise prices on their products.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he personally urged the president to reconsider his trade decisions with China during a one-on-one White House meeting.

Apple in June requested its big suppliers to evaluate the cost implications of transferring 15% to 30% of its generation capacity from China to Southeast Asia, according to a Nikkei report.

Some of the parts Apple sought exceptions for are the Mac Pro's structural frame, data cables, GPU module, power supply, CPU heatsink and partially completed logic board.

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