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Apple & # 39; s Mac Pro knew FCC and suggested an upcoming launch

When Apple announced its updated Mac Pro in June, the company didn't give a release date more specific than "this fall" – but the powerful new computer has just appeared in FCC archives, which could indicate an upcoming launch.

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Appearing in the FCC does not really mean that the Mac Pro will be released soon, as the devices of many companies reach the FCC months before they are actually launched. But Apple devices often appear in archives around their announcement. For example, the FCC depots for the AirPods Pro, announced Monday, also appeared in the FCC that same day.

Another interesting fact found in the archives is that some Mac Pro & # 39; s can be assembled in China. That is surprising to see, as Apple announced in September that the computer would be manufactured in Austin, Texas. You can change the language & # 39; Assembled in China & # 39; on this photo from a label on the Mac Pro in the FCC archives:


Statue: FCC submission

Of course there are some explanations for this. Apple may make some Mac Pro components in China and ship them to Austin. The company can also split production and assembly between China and Texas, depending on the demand and availability of parts. The previous generation Mac Pro & # 39; s were assembled in Austin and printed on the phrase "Assembled in the USA" to indicate that they contain components from foreign manufacturers.

That said, Apple specifically asked the Trump government in July for an exemption from the tariffs imposed as part of the ongoing US-China trade war. When the company announced in September that it would manufacture the computer in Austin, it seemed like a step to appease Trump. Anyway, Apple was still hit with a 25 percent tax on five Mac Pro components later that month, in line with pricing policies. It is therefore not clear at this stage whether Apple will remain wholly with Austin, or whether it will indeed move part of the production or assembly, or both, back to China.