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December 7, 2012

Apple to invest over $100m in US to manufacture Macs

Most of Macintosh computers are currently produced in China

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple is planning to invest over $100m to manufacture a line of Mac computers in the US next year, moving a small portion of production away from China.

Majority of the company’s products including Macs, iPhone and iPad are manufactured in China.

In interviews with NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple chief executive Tim Cook didn’t say which line of computers would be produced in the US or where in the country they would be made.

Cook told Bloomberg that production would include more than just final assembly.

"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 said.

Most of Macintosh computers are currently produced in China and the devices accounted for only 15% of Apple’s total revenue in 2011.

The move of the iPhone maker to shift some production to the US follows criticism it faced over working conditions in China

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In July this year, Apple had launched its latest iPad in China as the company seeks to expand its reach in one of the largest market which contributed 20% of its revenue.

In the US, Apple is currently constructing a new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California and the company said that it will not be completed until middle of 2016.

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