After Cook’s confirmation that Apple would indeed be moving an entire Mac line to the US for production, there was much speculation about which product he meant. Most, including me, assumed that he was referring to the Mac Pro.
Not so, according to Digitimes; instead, Apple is supposedly shifting the production of the Mac Mini to the US.
“Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac mini production lines back to the US with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to be responsible of handling establishment, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”
Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, already has a presence in the US. There are roughly fifteen centers currently operating in the US, and Foxconn hopes to expand its presence. This could be driven by Apple: they have both the money and clout to push Foxconn to move to the US and manufacture certain products for the Cupertino-based corporation.
Apple’s move in to the US is interesting. Apple is currently the largest publicly-held corporation in the world, and as such many feel that they have a responsibility to try to create jobs and foster a thriving economy. Others feel that Apple has risen to its current position on the back of cheap, foreign labor by utilizing such firms as Foxconn. Whether that is truly the case or not can be debated, but it seems obvious that Apple is serious about investing at least some capital in to creating a larger US-based presence in the future.