Apple is arguably the biggest company in the US and it has a stronghold over the market as well. Now, this was started with the launch of the first iPhone by Steve Jobs in 2007. Since then, the company has launched various products and each of them has been a huge hit in the US markets. Apart from iPhones and iPad, Apple also sells MacBooks and Mac devices in the market that have a strong presence in the commercial market. Recently, Apple announced an upgraded version of the OG Mac Pro which retains its name. However, the upgrade is significant as the trash-can design has been replaced by a cheesegrater one.
However, a surprise announcement from US President came as he said that Apple’s Mac Pro will not get tariff exemptions as they are importing them from China. Basically, he said that if Apple wants to get tariff exemptions then they need to produce Mac Pros in the US itself. While this would have had a big impact on Apple’s plans, we can now reveal that the US government has approved tariff exemptions to the Mac Pro and other accessories from Apple. This also tells us that Apple is not going to shift production of its devices from China anytime soon.
An official from US Trade Representative’s office revealed that ‘regulators have approved 10 out of 15 of the company’s tariff exemptions for computer components focusing primarily on the Mac Pro’. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the ‘company wanted to keep making Mac Pros in the US and was investing in additional capacity. One big reason why Apple won’t be moving production from China is because of the cheap labour that is available in China and other countries in Asia which is not available in the West. Apart from Apple, regulators have also approved tariff exemptions on partial circuit boards and graphics cards.