Earlier this week, it emerged that some of the brand new 2012 iMacs that started shipping last week were actually assembled in the United States. While it wasn't consistent, there were multiple reports of customers receiving their orders only to discover they didn't sport the usual 'Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in China.' Now, Tim Cook has shed some light on why select customers received iMacs branded with 'Assembled in the USA.'
In an exclusive interview with NBC, Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Cook didn't elaborate on which line but said the company has been working 'for years' on doing more in the United States. He later added: "The consumer electronics world was really never here. It's a matter of starting it here."
While Apple is certainly not the only consumer electronics company that out-sources assembly of its products to Asia, the wealthy company is one of the higher profile examples of such corporations. Moving assembly to the USA would do wonders for Apple's reputation.
Though Cook didn't reveal which line would be assembled in the USA, it's probably safe to assume it will be the iMacs. Stay tuned, though, and we'll keep you posted.