Ap­ple to make some Macs in U.S.

Com­pany has been crit­i­cized for work­ing con­di­tions in Chi­nese fac­to­ries it uses.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Bree Fowler and Peter Svens­son Ap­ple B

NEW YORK — Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook says the com­pany will move pro­duc­tion of one of its ex­ist­ing lines of Mac com- put­ers to the United States next year.

In­dus­try watch­ers said the an­nounce­ment is both a cun­ning pub­lic-re­la­tions move and a har­bin­ger of more man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs mov­ing back to the U.S. as wages rise in China.

Cook made the com­ments in part of an in­ter­view taped for NBC’s “Rock Cen­ter,” but aired Thurs­day morn­ing on “To­day” and posted on the net­work’s web­site.

In a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with Bloomberg Busi­ness­week, he said that the com­pany will spend $100 mil­lion in 2013 to move pro­duc­tion of the line to the U.S. from China.

“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 told Bloomberg.

That sug­gests the com­pany could be help­ing its Tai­wanese man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ner Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group to set up a fac­tory in the U.S.

Ap­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tives had no com­ment Thurs­day be­yond Cook’s re­marks.

Like most con­sumer elec­tron­ics com­pa­nies, Ap­ple forges agree­ments with con­tract man­u­fac­tur­ers to as­sem­ble its prod­ucts overseas. How­ever, the as­sem­bly

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