Quanta is said to be ramping up production of the new Mac Pro at a factory near Shanghai, and given lower wages and closer proximity to other Apple suppliers in Asia, the Chinese manufacturing is expected to cost Apple less than it would to make the computer in the United States.
The move would allow Apple to avoid many of the issues its U.S. suppliers have faced in assembling the Mac Pro stateside. The current Mac Pro is Apple’s only major hardware product manufactured in the United States, with all others assembled by Chinese contractors, such as Quanta for the Apple Watch.
Here’s a video of how the current Mac Pro is made in the United States:
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said “final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process,” adding that the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the United States and includes some U.S.-made components.
As a high-end, expensive workstation for professionals, the Mac Pro is not a high volume product for…