Apple will invest $100M to produce one line of Macs in the US in 2013Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has revealed that he plans to bring production of one entire line of Macs to the U.S. next year.
Cook revealed the information in a wide-ranging interview published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. In it, he noted that Apple's ARM processors that power the iPhone and iPad are already made in the U.S., along with the Corning Gorilla Glass covers but he also revealed that next year, at least some Mac production 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," Cook said. "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."
He revealed that Apple is planning to spend more than $100 million dollars to bring production of some of its Mac lineup to America. He also revealed that Apple will not be handling the production themselves, but that the company plans to work with other companies and invest its money.
But in an excerpt from Cook's interview set to air tonight on NBC's Rock Center, the CEO went even further and said that Apple would make one entire line of Macs in America. He declined to say specifically which lineup would be produced stateside.
"Weve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," Cook told NBC's Brian Williams. The full interview with Cook will air on tonight's episode at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Cook's comments come soon after his company's new iMacs began shipping, with some units labeled as being "Assembled in America." Previously, some build-to-order iMacs were built in the U.S., but with this year's models, some standard configurations have also been built domestically.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook visits a Foxconn iPhone production plant earlier this year.
In an interview at the "All Things D" conference in May, Cook said he would like for there to be Apple products built stateside. But he noticed that critics have placed an "intense focus on the final assembly" of Apple's products, rather than where the individual components are built.
"We will do as many of these things [in America] as we can do," Cook said. "And you can bet that we'll use the whole of our influence to do this."
On Topic: Future Hardware
- Review roundup: Apple's 12" MacBook ahead of its time, but hurt by weak processor, too few ports
- Apple's new 12" MacBook shown off, compared to 11" MacBook Air in 15-minute video
- Display makers increase IGZO capacity as Apple ponders next-gen panels for 'iPad Pro' - report
- Apple to release super-high resolution 'iMac 8K' later this year, display partner LG says
- Apple's ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook benchmarks on par with 2011 MacBook Air