Apple continues to manufacture Mac Pro computers at its facility in Austin, Texas after successful exemptions from federal tariffs imposed in the course of Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China, News Channel reported on Monday.
The tech giant mentioned that it had won exemptions allowing it to import some Chinese parts essential to assemble its new line of $6,000 Mac Pros without paying the heightened tariffs, that are slated to affect some $550 billion in Chinese imports to the U.S. by mid-December. If that date doesn’t resolve the trade warfare, the tariffs are anticipated to hit the U.S. tech sector like a brick wall.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has launched a very public charm campaign on the president’s ego as a part of a technique to delay Apple’s exposure to the tariffs, which may inflate the cost of an iPhone by up to 25 %. Thus far, Cook has managed to maintain Apple mainly out of Trump’s mess; however, the mid-December tariffs would hit every Apple product that isn’t exempted.
Based on the newspaper, studies had indicated that Apple was considering shifting its Mac Pro assembly line in Texas to a plant near Shanghai before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative caved and granted the exemptions last week. The exception additionally resolves some awkward political issues for Trump, who has repeatedly bragged about all the Apple jobs he was supposedly bringing back stateside.
However, Politico noted that Cook “dined privately with the president in August, the second summer in a row he has accomplished so.” Neat! That all sounds very much like the president isn’t choosing and selecting who will endure the most from his trade war based mostly on who has the willpower to sit by politely greeting as he chokes down a rock-hard steak.