It’s been an interesting journey for Apple as its manufacturing plans for the new Mac Pro have been worked out. While the US factory producing the 2013 Mac Pro in Austin, after all, Texas is currently handling the 2019 Mac Pro, this is not the case for international customers.
Back in June, not too long after the first announcement of the Mac Pro, we learned that Apple is allegedly going to use its vendor Quanta to produce the pro desktop in China, marking a shift from the previous generation Mac Pro made in the US.
Nevertheless, Apple pivoted and officially announced in September that it would retain Mac Pro production in the U.S. This came in the midst of Apple negotiating on tariff waivers for the new professional desktop with the Trump administration.
When production of Mac Pro ramped up, Tim Cook gave a tour of the facility to President Trump. The event caused a stir on a number of fronts, but Trump may have been the most interesting to mistake the factory as a brand new one when it is the one that has been making Mac Pro since 2013.
Today, the Mac Pro arrives at the first customers who ordered the new modular machine and MacGeneration (via Google Translate) got a picture from a reader that the Mac Pro for Europe is actually made in China, not in the USA. Some speculated this would be the case, but this is the first official confirmation that not all Mac Pros will be made in the United States.