Apple's decision to build the Mac Pro in the U.S. slowed production, report says

Impact of Apple's U.S. production

Calls for American-made Macs are an albatross for Apple's Mac division, which is already beleaguered by competing visions and waning attention to design, according to Bloomberg.

Apple's Mac team is shedding engineers, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported on Tuesday, amid growing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move production stateside.

Some engineers are pushing to move production of the Mac Pro back to Asia, after the company started assembling it in the U.S. in 2013 to "score political points," according to Bloomberg. U.S. assembly slowed production and the Mac Pro failed to meet demand, Bloomberg said.

Meanwhile, managers are forcing engineers to work on two or more competing prototypes of Apple computers, creating time crunches, according to Bloomberg. Plus, meetings with Apple's design guru are less frequent, as the Mac's look is increasingly influenced by the iPhone, Bloomberg reports.

The uncertain future of the Mac Pro desktop comes as the company's new laptop has elicited grumbles from its core user base. The new model was late, expensive and lacked the power, keys and ports needed for creative workers, critics said.

Apple had to revert the new MacBook Pro to an older design, after the new battery failed a key test, Bloomberg said. The news outlet reports that most planned updates for 2017 Macs are "modest."

"We have great desktops in our road map. Nobody should worry about that," CEO Tim Cook said, according to a transcript of the discussion obtained by Bloomberg News. Apple declined to comment further to CNBC, citing policy against commenting on rumor and speculation.

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