Apple says Trump tariffs would ’tilt the playing field’ in favor of competitors


Apple has reached out to Robert Lighthizer, the official U.S. Trade representative, and asked that tariffs not be imposed upon imported products from China. The tariffs would effect all of Apple’s major products according to the letter, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple TV, as well as parts used to repair devices within the US.

“The Chinese producers we compete with in global markets do not have a significant presence in the U.S. market, and so would not be impacted by U.S. tariffs. Neither would our other major non-U.S. competitors,” said Apple. “A U.S. tariff would, therefore, tilt the playing field in favor of our global competitors.”

This letter will likely have no effect on the administration’s decision to impose these tariffs.