Apple to begin manufacturing some Macs in the U.S.

Summary:The move will cost the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant around $100 million, but what the company loses in cash, it is likely to gain in goodwill.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has announced that the company will begin manufacturing some Macs in the U.S. starting next year.

"Next year, we will do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States," Cook said in an interview that is scheduled to be broadcast later today on "Rock Center" on NBC.

Moving some Mac manufacturing to the U.S. next year will cost the company $100 million, but what the company loses in cash, it is likely to gain in goodwill. Long criticized for manufacturing products abroad, Apple hasn't manufactured a single product in the U.S. since the 1990s.

Apple has not revealed which of its Mac lines is to be manufactured in the U.S., however. 

"I don't think we have a responsibility to create a certain kind of job," Cook said. "But I think we do have a responsibility to create jobs."

"When you back up and look at Apple's effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we've created more than 600,000 jobs now," he added.

See also How Apple makes products difficult -- and expensive -- to repair

Cook also seems ready to admit to mistakes the company has made. In relation to the widely criticized iOS Maps app, he told NBC that, "we screwed up and we are putting the weight of the company behind correcting it."

It seems that Cook also couldn't resist fanning the flames of the rumor that Apple is interested in breaking into the TV market.

"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," Cook said. "It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that."

Image source: Apple.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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