In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will move production of some of the Mac lineup to the U.S.
Tim Cook will confirm the move in his interview with Brian William on Rock Center tonight. Cook didn’t give any details on which Mac device the company will make the in the U.S., only saying that it is an existing Mac product.
Recently 9To5Mac noticed that a number of new iMacs carry the words “Assembled in U.S.A.” on the label, so there’s a possibility that Apple will begin producing more iMacs in the U.S. next year.
There’s also a chance Apple could bring Mac Pro production to the U.S. Apple hasn’t upgraded the Mac Pro in a long time, and it is likely easier to start producing and entirely new version of a device in the U.S. than it is to move production of a current line like the MacBook Air from China to the U.S.
To begin production of Macs in the U.S. Apple invested more than $100 million of its substantial amount of cash on hand. Apple won’t own the factories, like it doesn’t own any part of Foxconn, but it will invest its money into the venture.
The issue for Cook, however, is not about money, it’s about skills. In his interview with Brian Williams Cook said that Americans don’t have the skills needed to make Apple’s devices, and it takes a “concerted effort” to train American workers to create the machines.
Cook was also quick to point out that while Apple doesn’t currently manufacture entire lines of products in the U.S., Apple makes parts of the iPhone in the U.S. The processors inside the iPhone come from Texas, while the glass comes from factories in Kentucky. Apple ships both components to China for assembly, however.