Recently, people have spotted some "Assembled in the USA" labels on Macs, sparking rumors that Apple might have some secret factory in the U.S. outside of its Asia-based Foxconn plants. In a new interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals that the company does in fact have new domestic manufacturing plans.
In a wide-ranging interview held in New York City with Rock Center host Brian Williams, Cook dropped the news that Apple plans to begin manufacturing Mac computers in the United States. Cook said, "we've been working for years on doing more and more from the United States. Next year we will do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States."
In a separate interview with Businessweek published today, Cook said Apple will invest $100 million toward the U.S. manufacturing effort. This will come as welcome news for critics who have blasted Foxconn's labor practices in China, as well as those who believe that one of the world's most profitable companies should bring more jobs back home.
In addition to his comments regarding manufacturing, Cook also addressed, in a roundabout way, the rumors of an Apple smart television. Cook said, "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."
And as for the future of Apple without Steve Jobs, Cook said:
"I loved Steve dearly, and miss him dearly. 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."
The full interview will air tonight on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.