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Apple's New Mac Pro Inches Closer to Release With FCC Approval

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Apple revealed its new Mac Pro (opens in new tab) at WWDC in June. The company hasn't been able to reveal a release date for the new system, however, due to regulatory issues. Now, it's finally one step closer to being able to sell the new Mac Pro, as the desktop PC received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval (opens in new tab)today.

Most new Apple products are only controversial on forums where PC enthusiasts complain about how much the company's target market is overpaying for parts. But the Mac Pro was different because some of its parts, including its power supply (opens in new tab), needed to be made in China before the system proper was assembled in the U.S.

Companies are probably never going to receive praise for moving production to China. Apple's decision came at a particularly inopportune time, though, because of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China (opens in new tab). The U.S. has increased tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods over the last year.

Apple sought tax exemptions (opens in new tab) for the parts of the Mac Pro being made in China.  U.S. President Donald Trump originally said his administration wouldn't grant the exemptions but changed his mind after meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook (opens in new tab) in August.

A month later, Apple confirmed that it would continue to make the Mac Pro in Austin, Texas (opens in new tab) like it had since 2013. The company still didn't offer a release date, though. The Mac Pro's product page (opens in new tab) only says it's "coming this fall." Receiving the FCC's approval could mean the device will be ready to debut sooner than later.

The new Mac Pro features up to a 28-core (opens in new tab) Intel Xeon processor complemented by dual AMD Radeon Pro Vega II (opens in new tab)graphics cards (opens in new tab) enabled by Apple's new GPU connector, called the Mac Pro Expansion (MPX) Module . 

Mac Pro pricing will start at $5,999.

Nathaniel Mott
Nathaniel Mott

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.