According to a new report, it will be the Mac mini that moves its production to the U.S., and not the Mac Pro as many had speculated.
In an interview with NBC earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one line of Macs would be manufactured in the U.S. beginning in 2013, but he didn’t say which it would be. Most of the speculation had focused on the Mac Pro line of desktops due to it having the smallest market share, and hence giving the company the opportunity to test manufacturing in the U.S. with a relatively low risk. According to a new report, however, the Mac product in question will instead be the Mac mini.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has tasked Foxconn – its manufacturing partner in China – with setting up a base of operations in the U.S. for the production line. According to the source that with the publication, recruiting of employees will begin in 2013 for an automated production line.
The Mac mini doesn’t sell the same volume as say the iMac or MacBook Pro lines, but Apple did report sales of 1.4 million units of the diminutive desktop in 2012, and projections are that the number will increase to 1.8 million in 2013.
There is a definite hit-or-miss track record when it comes to DigiTimes accuracy on Apple rumors, but this one does line up pretty well with what other sources have been saying, and the Mac Pro speculation was just that, and not actual rumors.
All should be revealed by Apple in the not too distant future.