Apple Watch, AirPods, and chargers will be more expensive under new Trump tariff, says Apple
Brace yourselves Apple fans. Your favourite brand’s accessories and gadgets may soon to be hit hard by the new proposed tariffs introduced under the Trump government in the US.
According to Apple, their up and coming products, including the Apple Watch, AirPods, and HomePod will be affected by the proposed tariffs of 25 percent tax either on the products themselves or on components within the products, raising the price on them significantly.
Several other products would also be hit, according to a letter submitted by Apple to the US Trade Representative earlier today. Apple says the Mac Mini, Pencil, its wireless mouse and trackpad, leather cases and covers, and some adapters, chargers, cables, and internal components would also be impacted by the tariffs.
“It is difficult to see how tariffs that hurt US companies and US consumers will advance the government’s objectives with respect to China’s technology policies,” Apple writes. The company has already sent a request for the government to reconsider the tariff.
The Trump government say it might tax “machines for the reception, conversion, and transmission or regeneration of voice,” which could describe many Apple products, as well as more specific technology categories like “plugs and sockets for making connections to or in electrical circuits” up to a certain voltage.
It’s still unclear when the proposed tariffs will go into effect, or whether there will be significant changes or exceptions in the final list. “We will evaluate the comments and we will make a decision,” said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow in an interview this morning with Bloomberg TV.
We can’t really tell if the tariff imposed on Apple products when they go into USA will affect us here in Malaysia, but Apple may try to pass down the additional cost down to all consumers instead of only the US ones. The impact on us here will likely be much lesser than 25 percent though. So that’s a good news in a bad situation.