Earlier this week, it was speculated that perhaps Apple has moved some of its manufacturing to the United States after some users discovered that their new iMacs had “Assembled in USA” etched on the back of the all-in-one desktop computer.
As it turns out, that speculation was correct. Leading up to his interview with Brian Williams, set to air on NBC tonight at 10 PM Eastern, Tim Cook has revealed that Apple will shift one of its entire Mac lineups to the United States in terms of manufacturing. It will cost the company over $100 million.
As per Bloomberg Businessweek:
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.
This move follows the high amount of criticism that Apple has received over the past year for its overseas manufacturing operations, particularly the claimed poor working conditions at its manufacturing partner Foxconn’s facilities in mainland China. (more…)