September 23, 2019
It’s a bizarre thought, something being manufactured in the US.
Like, seriously, as a man born in 1984, it sounds to me completely bizarre.
Of course, this isn’t really “manufacturing.”
It’s just “assembling.”
Like everything listed as an “accomplishment” of President Donald Trump, it’s a shitty half-assed bit of nothing.
Apple is boosting its commitment to the American workforce, part of a push to invest hundreds of billions into the U.S. economy.
In a major announcement on Monday, Apple said it will build its redesigned Mac Pro in Austin, Texas.
The move comes three days after U.S. trade officials approved exemptions that allow Apple to import key Mac Pro parts from China without them being subject to tariffs.
“The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever and we’re proud to be building it in Austin,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Apple was moving Mac Pro production to China, but the tech giant said Monday that the high-powered computer would continue to be made in the Austin facility that has produced Mac Pros since 2013. One month after the Journal report, President Trump tweeted that the U.S. would not grant Apple tariff exemptions, saying, “Make [Mac Pros] in the USA, no Tariffs!”
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Friday it would grant tariff exemptions for partially assembled main circuit boards and graphics cards, which contain expensive chips from Intel, Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices. Apple is using Intel’s Xeon processor in the new computer.
I’d like to see the definition of “partially assembled.” Because I have a strong suspicion it means “already totally assembled, save this technical detail that allows us to use the term ‘partially assembled,’ legally.”
I don’t know who uses these machines. I guess people making indie films and indie rock who want to seem really edgy while doing so.
I can’t find the actual sales figures. I would assume virtually none are sold outside of the US.
I’m trying to think if I’ve ever even seen one in real life other than in the iStore, and I do not believe I have. I also don’t even think most iStores carry them. They’re $6,000 and up.
So this is definitely more of a meaningless gesture than a meaningful action.
Another such thing from the “yeah sure, whatever dude” president.