Some Apple Products to be Hit by Trump Tariffs on September 1

2019 iMac

Some key Apple products will still be hit on September 1 by a new 10 percent tariffs introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump. They include Mac desktop computers and Apple Watch bands (via Bloomberg News).

2019 iMac
2019 iMac. Image credit: Apple

Not All Apple Products Escaped New Tariffs

President Trump announced Tuesday a delay on tariffs on some products until December 15. That applied to products like the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and MacBook laptops. However,  more details emerged later in the day. Other Apple products will be hit from the start of next month:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods
  • HomePod
  • Some Beats headphones
  • Mac (desktop) computers

Furthermore, Nand flash, a key iPhone component, could also be affected. Lithium-ion batteries and battery cases are also set to have the tariffs applied from 1 September.

Argument for iMac Exemption

As noted on 9to5Mac, Apple could argue for a delay on tariffs for the iMac. It comes within the 10kg weight limit applied to laptops and comes as a complete unit. The Magic Keyboard is included in the box, so the company could claim it consists of “at least a central processing unit, keyboard and display” as specified in the December exemptions.


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