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Technology Trump and Cook tour Apple facility in Texas as Mac Pro production begins

04:05  21 november  2019
04:05  21 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Apple will produce new Mac Pro computers in US

  Apple will produce new Mac Pro computers in US Apple said Monday it would keep making its Mac Pro in the United States, after obtaining tariff exemptions for some components in the high-end computers. Apple said the decision came after the company obtained "a federal product exclusion" from tariffs "for certain necessary components" for the computers.The California tech giant said it would keep production of the Mac Pro -- a computer costing some $6,000 -- in Austin, Texas, following reports it was considering moving the manufacturing the China.

The announcement coincided with a tour of Apple 's Texas Mac Pro production facility , during which CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump discussed the Trump has long pushed for Apple to make its products in the US while Cook has been trying to navigate Apple to avoid potential tariffs as

The announcement coincided with a tour of Apple 's Texas Mac Pro production facility , during which CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump Trump touted his tariff push against China, which raised the price on several components for the Mac Pro including its stainless steel and aluminum

Apple's new Mac Pro has entered production and will ship to users in December, Apple said Wednesday while touting its newly expanded Austin campus. The announcement coincided with a tour of Apple's Texas Mac Pro production facility, during which CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump discussed the company's manufacturing and other contributions to the US economy.

a group of people in a store: Apple's Mac Pro has entered production in Austin, Texas. Apple© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Apple's Mac Pro has entered production in Austin, Texas. Apple

The new 3-million-square-foot Texas facility, which Apple says will initially house 5,000 employees, similarly started construction Wednesday with the expectation to open in 2022.

Apple will keep production of the new Mac Pro in the United States

  Apple will keep production of the new Mac Pro in the United States After a months-long back and forth with the White House, Apple announced Monday it will keep production of the newest Mac Pro computer in Austin, Texas. © Courtesy Of Apple Apple's Texas Mac Pro manufacturing facility Apple said it was able to continue making the computer in the United States thanks to a federal tariff exclusion it received for several key parts of the device. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Both Apple and the White House declined to comment on the upcoming tour . The planned journey comes as Apple is seeking tariff waivers on imports Apple in September said that its newest Mac Pro will be manufactured in Texas at the same Austin facility where the existing ‌ Mac Pro ‌ has been

Trump visited Apple 's facilities in Austin, Texas The tour follows a long history of Cook calling and lobbying Trump in efforts to alleviate the effects of the administration's tariffs of imports from China. It's in Austin that the new Mac Pro has just begun production , but the machine it replaces in Apple 's

"Building the Mac Pro, Apple's most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity," Cook said in a statement.

"With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home," Cook said. "Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America's innovation story."

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump talking with press at Apple's Mac Pro facility in Texas Wednesday. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. President Trump talking with press at Apple's Mac Pro facility in Texas Wednesday. Getty Images

Trump touted his tariff push against China, which raised the price on several components for the Mac Pro including its stainless steel and aluminum frame, internal cables and circuit boards. Trump previously has said Apple should make the parts in the US instead.

Tim Cook to host Donald Trump at Texas Apple factory, per report

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As planned, today Donald Trump took a tour of an Apple manufacturing facility in Texas alongside CEO Tim Cook . The new Mac Pro is in production there now. 20, 2019, in Austin with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Ivanka Trump , the daughter and adviser of President Donald Trump .

US President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are expected to tour facilities in Texas where Apple products are made as soon as next In September, Apple said it would make its new Mac Pro desktop computers in Austin, Texas , where it had made previous models at a contract manufacturing

Trump has long pushed for Apple to make its products in the US while Cook has been trying to navigate Apple to avoid potential tariffs as part of the ongoing US-China trade war.

For Trump, the tour was an opportunity to tout his record on the economy.

"Everyone said that's going to be bad for the economy, but as you just heard from Tim Cook, we have the strongest economy -- by far -- in the world, and we're taking in billions and billions of dollars," he said to reporters gathered at the facility. Economists and business leaders have argued that US companies and consumers pay most of the tariffs Trump has levied, not China.

a man holding a sign: Apple's Mac Pro has entered production in Austin, Texas. © Apple

Apple's Mac Pro has entered production in Austin, Texas.

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Trump advisor Ivanka Trump also joined the tour.

The new Mac Pro

First announced at WWDC in June, the new Mac Pro is Apple's latest top-of-the-line computer. It starts at $5,999 for the base configuration, which includes an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics card and a 256GB SSD.

President Trump will visit Apple's Mac Pro factory on November 20th

  President Trump will visit Apple's Mac Pro factory on November 20th Apple is determined to win as as many tariff exemptions as it can, it seems. The White House has confirmed that President Trump will visit Apple's Mac Pro factory in Austin, Texas on November 20th, backing up rumors of an impending tour. It's not clear if Tim Cook or other Apple executives will be present (we've asked Apple for details), but it wouldn't be surprising given the optics. Apple wants to be seen as having the Trump administration'sFor Apple, though, there's an extra level of urgency. The next big round of US tariffs on China is poised to take effect on December 15th, and it could easily raise the costs of selling phones, laptops, monitors and other mainstays of Apple's product lineup.

Tim Cook also tweets about a new Apple campus to double check Trump is listening. The new Mac Pro is long overdue by Apple standards. Apple has already confirmed that the new Mac Pro would be made at a facility in Austin, Texas but the company has still seen fit to publish a press release

Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump will reportedly tour facilities in Austin, Texas , where the company makes its Mac Pro desktops. Apple assembles the new Mac Pro in the same facility it has used for Mac Pro production since 2013. Previous rumors indicated assembly would

Tim Cook standing in front of a television: Tim Cook unveiled the new Mac Pro, right, and Pro Display XDR at WWDC in June. Screenshot by Alexandra Able/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Tim Cook unveiled the new Mac Pro, right, and Pro Display XDR at WWDC in June. Screenshot by Alexandra Able/CNET

Apple says it and its manufacturing partners have invested over $200 million in the Mac Pro facility in Austin, with the company similarly touting that it uses "hundreds of components from companies in 19 states."

In 2018, the iPhone-maker pledged to contribute "$350 billion to the US economy by 2023" and spend "$30 billion in capital expenditures" during that same timeline. It said in Wednesday's announcement it remains "on track" to reach that commitment.

First published Nov. 20 at 6:56 a.m. PT.

Update, 3:53 p.m. PT: Adds details about Trump's visit.

Trump ‘opens’ Texas Apple plant that’s built Mac Pros since 2013 .
As planned, today Donald Trump took a tour of an Apple manufacturing facility in Texas alongside CEO Tim Cook. While impeachment hearings continued in D.C., the president tweeted that "Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America." While Apple did claim in September that exemptions from tariffs the Trump Administration put in place made it possible to produce the new Mac Pro in Texas, a company called Flex has been assembling its high-end desktop computer there since 2013.

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