Apple has announced that its laptops and tablet products will all be available in China, where the tech giant has made the transition from manufacturing to supply chain.
The move, made at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, was made after Chinese authorities shut down its Mac manufacturing operations last month and ordered all Apple products to be shipped through Taiwan’s state-run Fair Trade Commission (FTC).
Apple had previously said that it would start to import its MacBooks and other Macs to China in 2020, but it has now confirmed that it will no longer make the devices in China.
According to the company, Apple will begin selling laptops in China from 2020.
“We are pleased to announce that our laptops and tablets will be available for purchase in China in the months ahead,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement on Thursday.
“We are working closely with China’s Fair Trade Administration to bring this transition to market.”
The announcement comes amid heightened tensions between the two countries over a range of issues including intellectual property and security, the latter of which has caused a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
Chinese state media cited a report by the Financial Times that said that China would not only stop the shipment of Apple products, but also shut down the supply chain for all of the company.
The Financial Times quoted a source close to the matter as saying that China was “proud to introduce its new Macs”, with the first batch of Macs due to ship to China this month.
It is unclear when Apple will start selling its new products in China but the company said it would begin selling MacBooks, Macbooks Air and MacBook Pro laptops at the end of the year.