There are references of a new generation of Mac Pro already long ago hidden in macOS, but despite rumors this never arrives. The current model is now three years old, and many professionals are giving up to look at solutions laptops like the MacBook Pro or the computers of other platforms directly.
But there is another consequence, particularly in this computer, which is not present on other Macs that also need to be updated. Mac Pro It is produced entirely in the United States, While the rest of the computers are made from China (with the exception of some iMac). Therefore, if the computer is not updated is not sold. And if not sold, the loss of that factory employment directly affects the American country.
Positive for the country, but and for the company?
The decision to manufacture the Mac Pro in a factory of Austin, Texas was provoked by Barack Obama, who will soon be the President of the United States. The President motivated to technology companies to move their factories on own territory to promote employment, something Apple seemed good to mark a.
So one of the marketing tools that used Apple to sell and take pride in the Mac Pro is everywhere which is manufactured and assembled in the United States. No part of its design and manufacture out of California or Texas, and Tim Cook showed it even in your own Twitter account:
We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It’s the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Jrd1Gic3Ya
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 18, 2013
Watching the Mac Pro come together in Austin yesterday, thanks to a team loaded with American manufacturing expertise. pic.twitter.com/5LcCOFIVgC
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) on June 6, 2014
But clear, so that the factory is profitable, the Mac Pro has is to sell. And if the computer has not been updated in three years, then the low demand much. Less income, losses… and the initial investment of $ 100 million that Apple had left on deaf ears.
Maybe that signals also came from the same Tim Cook, when he said four years ago that the American educational system was not producing enough skilled professionals to factories as which are needed to mount the Mac Pro to large volumes. So Apple had to take care of those professionals, create your own factory model… more extra costs and less able to produce the units needed. When in China could have been done much more efficiently.
Mark Gurman reported in his article from Bloomberg that some members of the Mac team suggested to bring production back to China, but What with the Austin factory if this happens? From The Verge, they see such facilities as a way to gain political favor from the Government, but its future is now uncertain. Not bad, but uncertain.
I rule out a total closure, because if something does Tim Cook is to optimize the production and operations of the company. If something happens to the Mac Pro, these facilities of Austin they can be used perfectly for other things within Apple. Something that provides a really big advantage if it is made within the United States and not in China, for example.
Perhaps in the last meeting with Trump came out the theme to bring employment to the country? The next President is clear that he wants to take away jobs to China, but all what we have seen with Mac Pro factory shows that it is not as easy as it may seem at the beginning.