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Apple to produce line of Macs in the U.S. next year

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook  speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook  speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

  • The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

    The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

  • The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

    The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook  speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook  speaks in front of a projection of the Macbook Air and Mac Desktop during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas.  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
  • The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)
  • The back of an iPhone 4 and IPad 3 are displayed for a photographer in New York, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Thursday the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year. Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will move production of one of its existing lines of Mac computers 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 yesterday morning on Today and posted on the network’s website.

In a separate interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, he said 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 said.

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 yesterday beyond Cook’s remarks.

Like most consumer electronics companies, Apple forges agreements with contract manufacturers to assemble its products overseas. However, the assembly accounts for a fraction of the cost of making a PC or smart phone.

Most of the cost lies in buying chips, and many of those are made in the U.S., Cook noted in his interview with NBC.

The company and Foxconn have faced significant criticism this year over working conditions at the Chinese facilities.

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