Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that one of the Mac line productions of computers will be moving to the United States in 2013 according to Bloomberg. Cook will be confirming the news on an interview with NBC that will air tonight. Tim Cook said:
“It’s not known well that the engine for the iPhone and iPad is made in the U.S., and many of these are also exported-the engine, the processor. The glass is made in Kentucky.And next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac.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. So we’ll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people, and we’ll be investing our money.”
It appears that the newest thin iMacs are being manufactured in the U.S. Building computers in the United States may end up costing Apple more, but at least it will give them great press. When President Obama met with Silicon Valley executives during a dinner in February 2011, he specifically asked late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs whether manufacturing jobs can come home. Jobs responded by saying “Those jobs aren’t coming back.” Perhaps Steve Jobs was wrong because Tim Cook is making it happen.
Another notable quote from Tim Cook’s interview with NBC is how the company may still be working on the long-rumored Apple TV set. In the interview, NBC’s Brian Williams asked Cook what the next big thing from Apple would be. Cook said “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It?s an area of intense interest. I can?t say more than that.”