Apple's $100m made-in-the-USA Mac facility will be in Texas

Summary:Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed it will assemble a line of Macs in Texas, but whether that's the Mac Pro or Mac Mini remains unknown.

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week that Texas will be the site of a new Mac production facility.

Last year Cook said that Apple was working to "bring some production to the US on the Mac" and would contribute $100m to a plan that would see an Apple product made in the US for the first time since the 1990s.

At the time, Cook didn't provide details about what line of Macs would be manufactured in the US and where in the country they would be made. Some have speculated it would be the Mac Pro, while Taiwanese media has reported it would be the Mac Mini. 

Cook on Tuesday settled the question of where, telling the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that the assembly facility would be located in Texas.

"We're investing $100m to build a Mac product line here in the US," Cook said, according to All Things Digital. "The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan."

Cook has been clear that it would be working with a partner to bring Mac production to the US, and a likely candidate pegged for that role is Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn.

Soon after Cook revealed Apple's 'Made in the USA' plan for a Mac, a Foxconn executive revealed it was "looking at doing more manufacturing in the US because, in general, customers want more to be done there". Foxconn supplies Apple, HP and others, while Google also reportedly used a  Foxconn facility in California to assemble its Explorer Edition Glass networked spectacles.

As All Things Digital notes, Cook's naming of Texas and the fact Foxconn has a facility in the state already is not proof that the company will get Apple's business, but the crossover does give credence to the theory that Foxconn will be Apple's US manufacturing partner.

Topics: Hardware, Apple

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