Apple will begin manufacturing Macs in U.S. next year

Apple will invest $100 million to move some of its manufacturing to the United States.

In a wide-ranging interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook tells Bloomberg Businessweek that Apple will begin manufacturing some of its products in the United States.

[N]ext 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.

Apple already manufactures some parts for some products in the U.S. -- including the processor for the iPad and iPhone in Texas and glass for Apple products in Kentucky. But for the first time in years, an entire line of computers will be manufactured in the U.S. Cook says that the move will be a $100 million investment.

Still, Apple will continue to manufacture a number of its products in the controversial Foxconn factories in China. But Cook pointed to the increased transparency of the manufacturing process in the Foxconn factories thanks to audits preformed by the Fair Labor Association that Apple required the factories to undergo. "We’re the only technology company that’s doing that," Cook said.

Read the entire interview here.

Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks [Bloomberg Businessweek]

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