CEO of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), Tim Cook said that the company will generate one its present lines of Mac computers in the US next year.
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook said that the company will spend $100 million in 2013 to shift production of the line from China to the US.
Cook told Bloomberg that Apple will be working with people and investing its money.
Apple did not immediately return calls for comment on Thursday.
Apple, like most of the consumer electronics companies, forges agreements with contract makers to assemble its products abroad. However, the assembly is responsible for a portion of the cost incurred in manufacturing a PC or a smartphone. Most of the expenses are incurred in purchasing chips, as mentioned by Cook in his interview with NBC.
The company and Foxconn Technology Group have experienced serious criticism this year over working conditions at Chinese facilities where Apple gadgets are assembled. The attention required Foxconn to increase salaries.
Cook did not mention which line of computers would be manufactured in the United States or in which part of the country they would be made. However, he told Bloomberg that the production would take into account more than just ultimate assembly. That implies that preparing the cases and making the circuit boards could happen in the US.
The easiest Macs to be assembled here are the Mac Mini and Mac Pro desktop computers. They would probably be simpler to separate from the Asian interface supply chain since they are devoid of the built-in screens present in iMacs and MacBooks.
The US manufacturing line is anticipated to stand for just a small piece of Apple’s entire production, with sales of iPads and iPhones now dwarfing those computers.