In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company is planning to bring some of the Mac device manufacturing back to the U.S., welcome news to critics of the labor practices at Foxconn. However, Cook would not reveal which Mac would be headed for U.S. factories. Now a new report from Asia may have the answer.
According to Taiwan's Digitimes, the machine Apple plans to manufacture in the U.S. is the popular Mac mini computer. The report also claims that Foxconn will play some role in helping to establish the stateside factory during its initial stages. The diminutive computer has become a popular staple for many individuals and companies looking for an affordable, but nonetheless powerful computing solution, being Apple's cheapest Mac, starting at $599.
According to the report, shipments of the Mac mini are expected to rise by 30 percent, to 1.8 million units in 2013. Although Apple has not offered any details on the plans for its U.S. factory operations, the report cites Asia-based sources in the company's upstream supply chain.