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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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Apple Bringing Some Mac Production Back to U.S. in 2013




NBC reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce during an interview airing on Rock Center tonight that the company is bringing some Mac production back to the United States.
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In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC's "Rock Center," Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. Cook's announcement may or may not confirm recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with "Assembled in USA."

"We've been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," Cook told Williams.
Cook has more to say about the effort in a lengthy interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, noting that Apple is spending about $100 million on the effort.
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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. 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. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we'll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn't mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we'll be working with people, and we'll be investing our money.
Cook also addresses several of the challenges Apple faces in bringing production back to the United States, pointing out once again that the educational system is not producing the expertise needed for major manufacturing in consumer electronics, but he hopes that Apple's effort can help spur progress in that area.

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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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Tryna save AAPL from the sell off thats going on. Will it work though?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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interesting, i think the production will be made by machines at least.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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Tryna save AAPL from the sell off thats going on. Will it work though?
"The sell off that's going on" has only lasted a few days.
This change in major manufacturing is something that gets planned for years.

With the "Made in USA" markings on new iMacs, it's kinda hard to keep the development completely secret any more.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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"The sell off that's going on" has only lasted a few days.
This change in major manufacturing is something that gets planned for years.

With the "Made in USA" markings on new iMacs, it's kinda hard to keep the development completely secret any more.
A "few days" ? lol check the price again

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Some of the sell off is due to the impending fiscal cliff and the increase in taxes on investment income as a result of the ACA. I like this sell off because it means Apple's stock is available to buy at a good discount.
Agree
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 02:15 PM   #7
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A "few days" ? lol check the price again
Less than two weeks still counts as a few days, considering the context of years of planning for major strategic manufacturing changes.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Tryna save AAPL from the sell off thats going on. Will it work though?
Non-factor at this point as far as the stock is concerned. All investors care about are sales and margins.
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Some of the sell off is due to the impending fiscal cliff and the increase in taxes on investment income as a result of the ACA. I like this sell off because it means Apple's stock is available to buy at a good discount.
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Some of the sell off is due to the impending fiscal cliff and the increase in taxes on investment income as a result of the ACA.
No, it's because Apple lost to Nokia who gained an exclusive contract with the largest phone company of the world (yes, of the world!): "China Mobile". That's 700 mio customers having access now to Lumia 920T (and not iPhone).

You haven't heard the news, now haven't you?
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:06 AM   #11
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I wonder how much of this is to have tighter control on supply chain leaks (i.e. There weren't any pics of the new iMac prior to reveal).
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:08 AM   #12
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I doubt we'll ever see iOS products manufactured in the USA. Apple generally does as much as they can to hide leaks (never works), but if manufacturing was brought to the States, it would make it that much more difficult.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:11 AM   #13
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I applaud the effort. To be honest, I feel that $100m is a drop in the bucket, but here's to hoping that number increases over time and creates even more jobs.
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I applaud the effort. To be honest, I feel that $100m is a drop in the bucket, but here's to hoping that number increases over time and creates even more jobs.
Drop compared to Apple fortunes but at least 10 large companies could be seeded for $100m.
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I applaud the effort. To be honest, I feel that $100m is a drop in the bucket, but here's to hoping that number increases over time and creates even more jobs.
Feel free to leave a drop in my bucket then.
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I doubt we'll ever see iOS products manufactured in the USA. Apple generally does as much as they can to hide leaks (never works), but if manufacturing was brought to the States, it would make it that much more difficult.
Leaks are more and more prevalent these days and they're proving to be quite accurate.

Glad they're bringing some back to the U.S. I'm all about cost-saving efforts but not at the risk pushing people out of work.
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I'm all about cost-saving efforts but not at the risk pushing people out of work.
If it's not American workers being put out of work, it's the Chinese.

There will always be winners and losers.
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I doubt we'll ever see iOS products manufactured in the USA. Apple generally does as much as they can to hide leaks (never works), but if manufacturing was brought to the States, it would make it that much more difficult.
I disagree. I believe the opposite is true.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:20 AM   #19
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I ordered the new 21" iMac last week and it's on the way from China...
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I wonder how much of this is to have tighter control on supply chain leaks (i.e. There weren't any pics of the new iMac prior to reveal).
My thoughts exactly.
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I wonder how much of this is to have tighter control on supply chain leaks (i.e. There weren't any pics of the new iMac prior to reveal).
I'd imagine it'll be mostly assembly; so while it might help with leaks of the final device aesthetics, it's not going to help much of all the components are still manufactured elsewhere.
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It would have to be a smaller scale product, if it were exclusively manufactured in the US, so I'm guessing Mac Pro.
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This is good news.
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I bet that once you weigh up the training, the language barriers, the shipping, the return shipping, etc. etc. etc., the production is marginally cheaper in China. And it is probably too far away for tight quality control from the top execs. in the company.

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It would have to be a smaller scale product, if it were exclusively manufactured in the US, so I'm guessing Mac Pro.
Most likely, but I bet it could also be the iMacs.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:13 AM   #25
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yep. new Mac Pros. Doesn't matter if they're super cheap, so they can be manufactured in the US.
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