Earlier this year, Apple introduced a new version of Mac Pro with a starting price of $ 6,000. Shortly thereafter, Apple and the White House began to dance publicly for months, where the computer should be manufactured.
Apple stated that Mac Pro needed relief from tariffs imposed by the White House on certain Chinese components, such as power cords and printed circuit boards. Initially Mr. Trump tweeted no but the White House later granted 10 exceptions.
On Wednesday, Mr. Cook showed Mr. Trump a new Mac Pro, which recently started coming from the assembly lines of the plant. He pointed out the various components on the computer and indicated which countries they came from.
Apple uses 9,000 vendors for its products in all 50 states. Almost all of these suppliers ship their parts to China, where Apple's manufacturing partners build the vast majority of the company's devices, including the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch.
These Chinese factories employ millions of people. The Flex facility in Austin employs about 500 people who build one of the smallest Apple products.
Following Mr. Trump's comments on Wednesday, Mr. Cook used this moment to deploy a new Apple Mac Pro. "It can do 56 trillion jobs per second," he said. "It's an example of American design, American manufacturing and American ingenuity."
He then noted that before Mr Trump arrived on that day, Apple had broken into a nearby, previously announced $ 1 billion campus in Austin. These offices are expected to open in 2022 with approximately 5,000 employees in areas such as engineering, sales, operations and customer support. Eventually, 15,000 workers could be accommodated in the area, but none is expected to be in production.