It was reported earlier this week that some of the newer iMacs were saying “Assembled in USA” on the rear of the aluminum case. It brought up a lot of questions as to what Apple was doing, and now Tim Cook reveals in an interview that Apple plans to bring some Mac production to the U.S. as early as 2013 – next year.
Tim Cook reveals that Apple is investing $100 million in the project, and also reveals that not all Mac production will be moving to the United States, as the plan is to have some imported Macs and some Macs produced in the United States. The key word being produced, and not only assembled – so they would be assembled from many American-made parts and not just foreign parts:
Originally Posted by Tim Cook
The change will be positive for the United States, but as MacRumors reports, there would be some difficulties in the shift, such as the lack of "expertise" required to have this kind of major manufacturing in the United States for these kinds of devices, something that is abundantly available in countries such as China. Cook hopes to change this as he slowly brings some of these jobs to the United States, one part at a time.
Sources: Bloomberg via MacRumors