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Technology Apple wants iPhone components and more excluded from tariffs, report says

21:30  01 november  2019
21:30  01 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Apple's iPhone XR and iPhone 8 get big price cuts

Apple's iPhone XR and iPhone 8 get big price cuts If you're not jumping straight into the future with Apple's new iPhone 11 family, picking up a slightly older model is one way to upgrade without spending a lot of money. Now that the new phones have been announced you can pick up the previous gen for even less, now that price cuts have been announced for the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR. The two year-old iPhone 8 now starts at $449 without any sales or discounts, while last year's mainstream model, the XR is available for $599.

Apple has reportedly asked that President Donald Trump's tariffs, which went into effect Sept. 1, be waived for Apple Watch , iPhone and other products or parts that are imported from China. According to a Friday report from Bloomberg, Apple filed requests on Thursday for 11 products or parts to be excluded from 15% duties. In the case of tariffs, a duty is a kind of indirect tax that's imposed by the government on special commodities, goods and more that are imported or exported.

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The tech giant is also reportedly looking to avoid tariffs on other products, like the HomePod ; the Beats Pill Plus wireless speaker; AirPods and Beats wireless earbuds; the iPhone smart battery case ; charging cases for AirPods and the PowerBeats; the storage components for the Mac Pro ; and the batteries for the iPhone and MacBook , Bloomberg reported.

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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The company previously sought asylum from the tariffs for its new $6,000 Mac Pro in July, but Trump responded on social media that Apple should make its products in the US. The AirPods and the Apple Watch devices were the next electronics to come into question under the tariffs.

The effect of tariffs on Apple's prices has been up in the air. In June, the company said tariffs against China would hurt Apple's economic competitiveness and reduce the amount of money it contributes to the US economy.

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Apple Requests Tariff Waivers on iPhone Parts, Watch and AirPods .
Apple Inc. is seeking exclusions from President Donald Trump’s tariffs that went into effect Sept. 1 on the Apple Watch, iMac, parts for the iPhone and other components imported from China. © Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.

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