Citing relevant sources, the Journal reports that Apple has worked with Quanta Computer Inc, a Taiwanese contractor, to build the computer in a factory near Shanghai. One reason for this is that it is much cheaper for the Cupertino giant to procure components because many of its suppliers are located near Shanghai.
While it's true that few will buy the Mac Pro for $ 6,000, the decision on Apple's history and the current trade war with China has some significance. Already in 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook had announced in a Bloomberg interview, the desktop computer in the United States partially produce and assemble. This is proof that Apple is ready to invest $ 100 million in American manufacturing.
At the time, Apple's manufacturing plans were put to the test
For many years, "Designed by Apple in California" has been the closest Apple product.
Read more Read  The company was not doing so well. It turned out that the manufacturing in America had some problems. First, the US-based engineering firm Apple, which was commissioned to build a custom screw, could only deliver a limited capacity of 1,000 screws per day. Staff was also a problem. In the Texas factory, only one person was responsible for the procurement of materials, while in China, many skilled workers are responsible for filling this need, as there is a greater need for similar jobs. In addition, the Journal reported that Apple was unprepared for the fact that 80 percent of Austin factory workers were contract workers paid a minimum wage for eight-hour work days. That meant they would go home when their time was up, and the production lines would stop until the next shift. No problem in China, where some manufacturers have no qualms about keeping their employees busy in exhausting conditions.
Apple has not responded to Gizmodo's request for comment.
Apple's announced decision to relocate Mac Pro production back to China comes at a time when trade tensions between the country and the United States are on the verge of overcooking. Apple is reportedly planning to relocate 15 to 30 percent of its production capacity to Southeast Asia, given the Trump government's current trade crunch against China and potential tariffs.
In the past, President Trump has forced Apple to create more manufacturing jobs. In the US, he once falsely boasted that Cook had promised to build "three large plants, beautiful plants" on American soil. The news is unlikely to make Trump happy, but you never know which stories make it to his TV, so he'll probably never find out.
However, workers at the Texas plant are expected to continue their employment. Apple commissioned Flex Ltd, a contractor, to install the Mac Pros. Demand for older Mac Pro models has long since declined, and the Journal reports that Texas employees have switched to computer renovation, in addition to jobs for other companies, including HP.
[Wall Street Journal]