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Martin Murray

As American As Apple

By December 6, 2012

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Apple Pie With the backlash against US companies using Chinese companies to manufacturer their products, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been waving the red white and blue as he continues to talk up reports that some of Apple's products will be manufactured in the US. The emphasis is on "some", with Apple saying that "one line of its existing Macs" will be produced in the US, not the tens of millions of iPads and iPhones. The actual number of units manufactured in the US will be a very small percentage of the overall total.

Today, Cook was lauding the fact that Apple does already use a number of components in the US, such as the Apple A5 and A6 chips that are the engine for the iPad and iPhone. Some components are made in Texas, Kentucky, as well as New York, where IBM manufacture some processors for Apple. Bringing some manufacturing back to the US may help Apple overcome some of the stigma of working with Taiwanese company, Foxconn, which has been cited for having very poor working conditions for their employees. Although don't expect Apple to give up on China for the foreseeable future.

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December 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm
(1) John Stavropoulos says:

You are dead right, Apple is bringing a tiny fraction of its manufacturing back to the US, it will never bring everything back unless China goes to hell in handbasket.

December 9, 2012 at 5:18 am
(2) Al Dubashi says:

Apple use a lot of sub-contractors for their manufacturing of components and sub-assembly. This can be done in other nations apart from China, but I see that countries such as India, Malaysia, Vietnam and others are the logical choice not the US.

December 10, 2012 at 5:49 am
(3) Kellie Dyas says:

Apple are a great company with amazing products, but they rely very heavily on Chinese subcontractors to gear up very quickly, which is not possible in the US. Not because US firms are not willing, but because the Chinese have very flexible rules and regulations that the government bend to get work for Chinese manufacturers. That isn’t going to happen in the US.

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