Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that one Mac line will be made exclusively in the US next year, though he refused to say which one. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Cook said ‘We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States.’
Earlier this week, reports emerged that standard models of the new 21.5in iMac had shipped with the words ‘Assembled in USA’ on the label. Usually, only build-to-order machines carry that stamp. A report on 9to5 Mac claimed that shipping and tracking information pointed to the iMacs being made in the town of Fremont, California, where Apple used to assemble Macs.
Cook told Williams that he believed it was important to bring jobs to the US. ‘When you back up and look at Apple’s effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we’ve created more than 600,000 jobs now,’ he said. That 600,000 figure, according to NBC, includes contractors and third-party developers.
When asked why Apple prefers to manufacture in China rather than the US, Cook returned to a familiar theme: ‘It’s not so much about price, it’s about the skills…The consumer electronics world was really never here. It’s a matter of starting it here.’
In the wide-ranging interview, Cook also spoke about his predecessor, mentor, and friend, Steve Jobs. ‘I loved Steve dearly, and miss him dearly,’ he said. ‘And one of the things he did for me, that removed a gigantic burden that would have normally existed, is he told me, on a couple of occasions before he passed away, to never question what he would have done. Never ask the question, “What Steve would do,” to just do what’s right.’
As for Apple’s next big move, Cook was guarded, but did drop a hint. ‘When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.’