Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro in China, marking a change from the previous Mac Pro that was made in the US.
Apple made the previous Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, beginning in 2013. But with the new Mac Pro unveiled this month being made in China, Apple is "shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the US as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing," The Wall Street Journal reported today. "The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai," according to the Journal's sources. "Quanta's facility is close to other Apple suppliers across Asia, making it possible for Apple to achieve lower shipping costs than if it shipped components to the US." Apple told the Journal that it designs and engineers the new Mac Pro in the US and that the computer includes some US-made components. "Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process," Apple said, according to the Journal.