Although Apple CEO Tim Cook told the nation that the company had plans to manufacture one of its existing Mac lines in the U.S. last December, there has not been any official information regarding which line or where. During Tuesday’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Cook shed some light on that issue.
According to AllThingsD, Cook told the Senate Subcommittee that Apple will be making Macs in Texas. “We’re investing $100 million to build a Mac product line here in the U.S.,” Cook said. “The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan.”
This is great news for Texans specifically and the U.S. in general. We need more companies to work their way back into the U.S. for manufacturing as part of the effort to improve the economy.
Will Apple ever make iPads in the U.S.?
In my opinion, no.
In December of 2012, around the same time that Cook revealed the move to the U.S. for Mac manufacturing, he also told NBC that the problem with making products in the U.S. is not about money, but skills. He pointed out that the U.S. was never in the electronics manufacturing business so there is not a workforce capable of handling production of such devices. “It is not an issue of bringing it back to the country,” he said. “But getting it started.”
Foxconn, one of Apple’s major suppliers, does operate some plants in Texas, which has been handling much of the company’s hardware production and assembly. If Foxconn could hire and train workers to deal with the delicacies and intricacies of putting together mobile devices in the U.S., it is possible for iPads to receive the “Made in America” stamp. However, that would be a costly and timely endeavor.
It is more likely that making Macs in the U.S. is nothing more than a PR move on Apples part. They want to look good for consumers, so they will throw us a bone every once in a while to show good faith. That’s fine. Hundreds of people with have jobs thanks to Apple’s desire to keep us happy.