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He said it's important to create jobs both abroad and in the U.S.

In an extensive interview with Businessweek, which was released today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that some Mac production would be moved to the United States in 2013.

Earlier this week, a report from CNN Money revealed an iMac purchase with the label "Computer Assembled in USA" on it. A reader by the name Aaron Gong had bought the 21-inch iMac in a San Jose, California Apple Store just last weekend.

However, another iMac buyer purchased the same unit at the Manhattan Apple Store last week, and it had the expected "Assembled in China" label. Clearly, Apple wasn't moving all Mac production to the U.S., but it sparked some speculation.

Now, Cook said himself that some Mac production will, indeed, make its way to the U.S. next year. He also noted that other parts, such as the iPhone's processor, is from the United States as well (Texas, to be exact).

"It’s not known well that the engine for the iPhone and iPad is made in the U.S., and many of these are also exported—the engine, the processor," said Cook in the interview. "The glass is made in Kentucky. 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."

Businessweek further asked what it meant for an American company like Apple to be "patriotic." In other words, how important is it to bring production to the U.S. despite it being cheaper overseas?

"I do feel we have a responsibility to create jobs," said Cook. "I don’t think we have a responsibility to create a certain kind of job, but I think we do have a responsibility to create jobs. I think we have a responsibility to give back to the communities, to pick ways that we can do that … and not just in the U.S., but abroad as well.

"I’ve never thought a company’s measurement of job creation should be limited to the number of employees working directly for them. That’s a very old-time way of measuring. Our iOS platform allows developers to work as entrepreneurs and sell their applications to a worldwide market that didn’t exist previously. The mobile software industry was nascent before the iPhone. Now you’ve got hundreds of thousands of developers out there.

"Unlike other companies—at least I know of no other large companies—almost all of our R&D is sitting in California. It’s a part of our model. We do this because it’s important for people to run into each other and discuss ideas and collaborate. We’re building a multibillion-dollar headquarters to house them in what we think will be the center of creativity. We’re building a campus in Austin for people in Texas. We’re building three data centers—adding to the one we have in Maiden [N.C.] and establishing new sites in Oregon and in Nevada."

Source: Businessweek

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RE: Has it come full circle already?
By ClownPuncher on 12/6/2012 1:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
The US is the second largest manufacturing country in the world, only a few % behind China. It wasn't until 2008-2009 that China even passed us. They are growing much much more quickly than we are, however.

By Argon18 on 12/6/2012 2:32:32 PM , Rating: 1
The only reason the US and Chinese manufacturing numbers are even close right now, is that if you look at the graph, we're at the intersection point of two lines. And China's line is climbing a whole lot faster than ours. A whole lot.

Communist China is the new world Superpower, and we're the ones who funded their rise. Every time you go down to Wall Mart or Best Buy and load your cart with hundreds of dollars of "Made in China" you are funding the rise of a Communist regime - one that has a military four times the size of ours, and nuclear weapon capability. Think about that for a moment...

RE: Has it come full circle already?
By semiconshawn on 12/6/2012 4:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone makes everything in Asia. Yes we make more "valuable" stuff so if you make 1 car it counts as 7,000,000 toy skate boards. But in the context of who manufactures "more" stuff it is not close.

By ClownPuncher on 12/6/2012 4:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
You got me, bud. They make more toy skateboards than we do. I'm sure their mother will be very proud.

By semiconshawn on 12/6/2012 4:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
Think China is reporting reliable numbers? Currency value. Military manufacturing volumes and capacities. Which is more 1000 $10mil tanks or 10,000 $1mil tanks? Same manufacturing "value" not the same manufacturing.

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