In a BusinessWeek interview earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed plans to manufacturer some of the company's Mac computers in the US. At the time, Cook didn't say specifically what models would be made in Apple's home country, but he noted that the plans went beyond mere assembly and have been in the works for a long time. He also revealed that the production wouldn't be handled directly by Apple, but that the company would be investing over $100 million to make it happen.
New details about that plan have supposedly been shared by anonymous industry sources cited by DigiTimes. According to those in the know, Apple will move production of its Mac mini systems back to the US, and Foxconn will handle manufacturing. Foxconn currently has about 15 operating bases in the US and the company will reportedly be hiring new workers in 2013 to run automated production lines.
DigiTimes notes that Quanta Computer, another major OEM partner of Apple, also has a couple of operating bases in the US (specifically in Fremont, California and Nashville, Tennessee), but the site doesn't mention whether or not these locations are expected to start making Apple hardware. Previous rumors insisted that the Mac Pro would be built locally, so perhaps we'll hear more about that in the future.
This move comes shortly after it was discovered that some of Apple's latest 21.5-inch iMacs are labeled as being assembled in the US -- a claim that implies a "substantial transformation" took place in the US. In October, Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo announced that it would invest $2 million to build some of its Think-branded notebooks and desktops at a facility in Whitsett, North Carolina.
The Apple iMac 27 inch / 2012 Edition is outfitted with a 2560x1440 and 1080p LED-backlit display, a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of storage. It features a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory, integrated speakers, an IR receiver, four USB 3.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI, as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Last but not least, it is equipped with two Thunderbolt ports.
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