New Mac owners are already receiving computers stamped with the label “assembled in the U.S.A” but the company still employs Foxconn for most of its manufacturing abroad. That’s about to change, however. Tim Cook recently confirmed with NBC that Apple will manufacture a single line of Mac computers in the United States beginning next year. It’s unclear what line of Macs — whether it’s the iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini or another device — will be built in the U.S.

“We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told NBC’s Brian Williams. “When you back up and look at Apple’s effect on job creation in the United States, we estimate that we’ve created more than 600,000 jobs now.” Cook also said that he hopes Apple’s move will drive other companies to begin manufacturing products in the U.S. again, too. He said that outsourcing to China hasn’t been so much about the price but that the employees in factories there have the skills to build Apple’s products — and he hopes that a factory in the U.S. will push our country to learn those skills.

Cook also mentioned Steve Jobs in the interview.

“I loved Steve dearly, and miss him dearly,” he said. “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.”

[via NBC]