In a press release Apple said, “The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.”
As noted by The Verge, Apple previously stated that the Mac Pro was “assembled in the USA” whereas its new announcement says the new Mac Pro will be “manufactured” in the Austin factory, suggesting the whole operation is now Stateside.
Apple also pressed its “commitment to US economic growth” in a line that chimes with Tim Cook’s multiple meetings with Trump but is in stark contrast to the rest of his company’s manufacturing practises that happen overseas. “The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever and we’re proud to be building it in Austin. We thank the administration for their support enabling this opportunity,” he said.
It is a good thing that Apple is able to host manufacturing of one of its products in its own country, but the fact remains the Mac Pro is a niche product that will not require the same scale of production that the iPhone, iPad or any other Mac would require. It seems to be a small political gesture rather than a sincere wish to move more of its manufacturing to the States.