Rumors are swirling that Apple (AAPL) will move the production of its Mac mini desktop line, rather than the Mac Pro as previously speculated, to American facilities in 2013 courtesy of a $100 million investment.
According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, which cited sources deep within Apple’s supply chain, “Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac mini production lines back to the US with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to be responsible of handling establishment.”
Currently, Foxconn has about 15 operating bases in the U.S. and the company will soon begin hiring workers next year to work in its new automated production lines. Digitimes notes that Mac mini sales are poised to reach 1.8 million sales units in 2013, up 30 percent from 1.4 million units produced in 2012.
During a recent interview with with Bloomberg’s Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that besides planning to bring more manufacturing to America, Apple will spend over $100 million to produce one line of Macs in the U.S. by 2013.
“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.
As is known, majority of Apple’s products are made in China. That said, hopes of ‘Made in USA’ products were renewed early this month when reports of a few new iMac units being assembled in the US started popping up, suggesting that the Cupertino-based company may be testing domestic production facilities.