Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company plans to bring the production of the entire Mac lineup to the United States next year.
In an interview published by Bloomberg Businessweek yesterday, Cook noted that their ARM processor found in iPhone and iPad are already made in the US. Also produced stateside are the Corning Gorilla Glass covers. But he also revealed that a couple of Mac productions will come to America.
We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We’re really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it’s broader because we wanted to do something more substantial.
Making Investments and Working with Other Companies
Other than that, Tim Cook revealed that Apple is planning to spend over $100 million to bring the production of some of its Mac lineup to America. However, they won’t be handling the production themselves, but the company will invest their money and work with other companies.
However, an excerpt of the CEO’s interview on NBC’s Rock Center last night revealed that Apple would make the entire lineup of Macs stateside. But Cook declined to specify which part of the lineup would be produced in the US.
His comments came after Apple started shipping new iMac, with some of the devices labeled as “Assembled in America”. Prior to this, a couple of build-to-order iMacs were built in the US, but this year’s units feature standard configurations that were built domestically.
Moreover, Cook’s interview with All Things D last May pointed out that the company would like to have products that were built stateside. However, he noticed that critics only focus on the final assembly rather than where its individual components were built.
We will do as many of these things [in America] as we can do. And you can bet that we’ll use the whole of our influence to do this.
US Production of Apple Products and its Effect in US Employment
Furthermore, the announcement could be good news for the US, which has been struggling with an unemployment rate of about 8 percent for some time. According to Tim Cook:
When you back up and look at Apple’s effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we’ve created more than 600,000 jobs now.
Moreover, those jobs vary from research and development jobs to retail store staff to third-party app developer.
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