Not every Mac Pro is assembled in Texas

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in Current Mac Hardware edited December 2019
The Mac Pro may be celebrated by some customers as being an American-made product, but shipments in Europe are assembled in China.




The continued use of a facility in Texas to build the Mac Pro has been a big story for Apple, after questions about the Mac Pro's potential assembly in China were raised. Despite publicly confirming the Mac Pro will be assembled from the facility, this may only be true for customers based in the United States.

One early order for the Mac Pro in France was delivered on Monday, MacGeneration revealed, but evidently it wasn't produced in the same factory. An inspection of the casing reveals the text "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China," indicating it was made elsewhere.

The Mac Pro's label showing assembly in China (via MacGeneration)
The Mac Pro's label showing assembly in China (via MacGeneration)


It is likely Apple is only employing the Texas facility for orders within North America, while assembly partners in China will be handling the rest of the world. In June, it was reported Apple had signed with contractor Quanta Computer for assembly, using a factory near Shanghai.

AppleInsider's Mac Pro, assembled in the USA
AppleInsider's Mac Pro, assembled in the USA


Apple has previously used the same Texas facility for Mac Pro production, specifically for its predecessor, the 2013 Mac Pro.

The reports of Apple's shift in Mac Pro production to China was countered by Apple itself, including a brief and widely-publicized tour of the Texas factory with President Donald Trump in November. During the tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the Mac Pro as "an example of American design, American manufacturing, and American ingenuity."

While the continued use of the factory may have been a way for Apple to avoid some of the tariffs applied against imports of products and components from China as part of the ongoing trade war, this may not be the case for long. On December 12, the US signed a limited trade deal with China that drew back some existing tariffs and canceled another set due to be enforced on Sunday, with a view to potentially scrapping other tariffs in the future.
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,399member
    Well that's new... Never mentioned before AFAIK
    canukstorm
  • Reply 2 of 35
    So much for hoping that Apple was only cosying up to China until they weren't dependent on Chinese Factories.  :'(
  • Reply 3 of 35
    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    anton zuykovrazorpit
  • Reply 4 of 35
    Is that a secret code underneath that panel?  B)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 35
    Looks like AppleInsider's Mac Pro came missing a part.
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 35
    hodarhodar Posts: 348member
    The Braille on what appears to be a handle attachment, is something very clever.  No clue what it says, as online sources don't seem to agree a whole lot on any particular standardized version of Braille - which is surprising.
    caladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 35
    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Did Trump keep it open before he was even president when it was being used previously and continuously by Apple? Come on, he can't take credit for something that existed in production before him. Prove that they planned to close it.
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  • Reply 8 of 35
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,487administrator
    onepotato said:
    Looks like AppleInsider's Mac Pro came missing a part.
    Nope. We took it off.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 35
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,487administrator

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    SolidewmeStrangeDaysbloggerblogflydogRayz2016redgeminipaspice-boydavgregwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 35

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    To be fair, Apple had ZERO plans to build the Mac Pro in the USA even if for just the USA or North America. So, yes, Trump can get a shout out for that part of it.
    anton zuykovrazorpitchemengin1
  • Reply 11 of 35
    Talking about the current US administration is irrelevant.

    Tim Cook announced in 2012 Apple's intention to focus additional investment in the USA, at the time that was a $100M contribution, since then there has been an ongoing trend of increasing investment in US production and US-based suppliers. The release of the 2013 mac pro indicates that Apple's investment plans started earlier before the 2012 announcement.

    The narrative that Apple would close their US operations is utterly garbage talk. More inane is the idea that the current administration were somehow keeping them open.
    First it would be a reversal of a multi-year strategy, it would be throwing away investment capital for no reason, it would reduce Apple's ability to deal with change (such as the surprise approach to China undertaken by the current administration), and reduce Apple's ability to manufacture over a period where their computer sales have been increasing. That narrative also relies on the idea that China has unlimited production capacity, they don't - rather the most prudent approach would be for Apple to further diversify their supply chain (SURPRISE, this is what they've been doing for several years now and at significant cost mind you.)
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  • Reply 12 of 35
    macmarcus said:

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    To be fair, Apple had ZERO plans to build the Mac Pro in the USA even if for just the USA or North America. So, yes, Trump can get a shout out for that part of it.
    How do you know that? You can't go by a news article (rumor) because they're just that, rumors. A news article from anywhere doesn't automatically make it true. Plus, it's not like Trump visited a month and a half (maybe less) before MacPro production started and Apple just said, "yeah we'll build it in the US now, you changed our minds." It has to take quite a while (months) to retool the assembly plant for the new Mac Pro. I find it very hard to believe Apple was going to solely make the Mac Pro elsewhere. I seriously doubt it was ever in the plans to make it elsewhere as the primary assembly plant. So to be fair no, Trump didn't do anything to make this happen because it was going to happen anyways as it was already in play. 

    But of course, he will make it a bullet point to say he was the reason it happened. 
    edited December 2019 StrangeDaysredgeminipadavenjony0
  • Reply 13 of 35
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,033member
    hodar said:
    The Braille on what appears to be a handle attachment, is something very clever.  No clue what it says, as online sources don't seem to agree a whole lot on any particular standardized version of Braille - which is surprising.
    I don't think that's Braille. As far as I know, Braille is comprised of bumps (not divets) it's three bumps in height (not two), and don't contain lines (only bumps, referred to as dots).
    edited December 2019 watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 35
    macmarcus said:

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    To be fair, Apple had ZERO plans to build the Mac Pro in the USA even if for just the USA or North America. So, yes, Trump can get a shout out for that part of it.
    Source? It’s the same facility that was building the prior MP. Please prove that they planned on closing it. 
    bloggerblogredgeminipawatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 35
    hodar said:
    The Braille on what appears to be a handle attachment, is something very clever.  No clue what it says, as online sources don't seem to agree a whole lot on any particular standardized version of Braille - which is surprising.
    I'm thinking it might be a visual cue for a manufacturing robot.
    razorpitrandominternetpersonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 35
    Apple is spreading risk, very wise move methinks.
    davgregwatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 35
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,094member
    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.

    The fact that Apple builds some computers in China does mean that Trump kept the factory open. Manufacturers, including Apple before Trump was appointed Emperor, routinely operate multiple plants around the world. 
    davgregjony0
  • Reply 18 of 35
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,094member
    macmarcus said:

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    To be fair, Apple had ZERO plans to build the Mac Pro in the USA even if for just the USA or North America. So, yes, Trump can get a shout out for that part of it.
    The plant existed long before Trump was president, and you’ve offered zero facts that support your illogical conclusion (because there are none).
    redgeminipadavgreg
  • Reply 19 of 35

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    Apple did not intent on having any manufacturing US jobs at all, until the repatriation tax was cut.... 
    chemengin1
  • Reply 20 of 35

    flydog said:
    macmarcus said:

    Well that sounds like President Trump was actually right, he did keep the Texas factory open, if Apple is otherwise ignoring it outside the US, also explains why there has been very little advertising of it being built in the US like the 2013 was.
    Nope. Apple had no plans to close the factory.
    To be fair, Apple had ZERO plans to build the Mac Pro in the USA even if for just the USA or North America. So, yes, Trump can get a shout out for that part of it.
    The plant existed long before Trump was president, and you’ve offered zero facts that support your illogical conclusion (because there are none).
    But someone it only got realized after the repatriation taxes were cut, and the business tax was cut. Also, where were those US Mac machines prior to 2017-2018? 
    Someone the plans were "there" but nothing came out of them. 
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