Apple says proposed U.S. tariffs may hit Watch, does not name iPhone

(Reuters) – A “wide range” of Apple Inc (AAPL.O) products including its Watch likely would be hit by proposed U.S. tariffs, the company told U.S. trade officials, but it did not name the iPhone as among the products affected.

FILE PHOTO: Apple watches are seen at a new Apple store in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 19, 2017. REUTERS/John Gress/File Photo

AirPods headphones, some of Apple’s Beats headphones, and its new HomePod smart speaker also face levies as part of proposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to an unsigned letter the company submitted on Wednesday to U.S. officials as part of a public comment period.

FILE PHOTO: Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, U.S. on September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/File Photo

“Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers,” Apple said in the letter.

Apple has not responded to requests for comment.

The letter did not mention the iPhone, which accounted for about two-thirds of its $229 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. Reuters had reported that the Apple Watch was likely to be affected by the tariffs.

Shares of the iPhone maker slipped 1 percent in extended trading.

Apple also said that computer parts for its U.S. operations would be hit by the tariffs. The company said that “main logic boards with microprocessing units” could face levies, along with equipment used for research and development.

On Apple’s most recent earnings call in July, Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could face such tariffs “related to data centers.”

Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Richard Chang

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