Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced a line of Mac computers will be assembled in the US, beginning sometime in 2013. Apple will invest $100 million to make the move happen. Apple hasn't assembled a product in the US since the 1990s, according to ZDNet.
The manufacturing shift appears to be the first step in addressing the company's most-criticized element: its Foxconn plants in China, and their lackluster working conditions.
But Apple likely isn't leaving the world's largest manufacturer of electronic components. Instead, Foxconn will be expanding in the US. Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Businessweek the company is adjusting to customer demands.
Manufacturing products in the US will likely cut into Apple's profit margin, but not by much, according to a Business Insider analysis. But, as Cook tells NBC, Apple can't move all manufacturing back to the US. He said the issue isn't about price, it's about skills.
"Over time, there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the United States," Cook said. "Not necessarily people, but the education system has just stopped producing that. It's a concerted effort to get them back."
Via Businessweek and ZDNet