“Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said he would like to see more of the company’s products assembled at home than in China and contain more U.S. components such as semiconductors,” Alexei Oreskovic reports for Reuters.
“Cook, who took the helm of the world’s most valuable technology company in August shortly before founder Steve Jobs died, said manufacturing in the United States was difficult because of declining tool-and-die manufacturing expertise, among other things, but he was working on it,” Oreskovic reports. “‘There are things that can be done in the U.S., not just for the U.S. market but that can be exported for the world,’ Cook told this year’s All Things Digital conference, an annual gathering of A-list technology and media executives in the upscale California coastal resort town of Rancho Palos Verdes. ‘On the assembly piece, could that be done in the U.S.? I hope so, again, one day,’ he added.”
Oreskovic reports, “Cook noted that Apple does some component manufacturing in the United States, including the main microchip that runs the iPhone and iPad. Apple makes the A5 processor in a 1.6 million square-foot factory in Austin, Texas, owned by Korean electronic giant Samsung Electronics. Cook also said some of the glass for the iPhone and iPad is made in a plant in Kentucky.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Cook’s exact quote was, “On the assembly piece, could that be done in the U.S.? I hope so, again, one day.”
Unless you plan to dedicate entire towns to low wage CE assembly line workers or you come up with improved robotics that can replace most of what people currently do in the assembly process or you plan on taking America back to third world status, then those types of jobs are never coming back to the U.S.A.
If Cook wants to bring product assembly back to the U.S.A., then he must be thinking robotics.
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