Reestablishing manufacturing jobs to the U.S.A was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises. And recently Apple has been stepping up to cooperate. The tech giant is exploring the possibility of moving smartphone production to the United States.
After much conjectures, however, there’s news that Mac Mini and not Mac Pro is the device for which plants will be set up in the U.S. We can now only wonder how this will affect the prices of Mac Mini in India.
Since the past couple of years, there have been speculations that Apple will begin manufacturing some of its products in the U.S. President Donald Trump also pushed Apple CEO Tim Cook to ‘bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States’, a topic he frequently spoke about during the campaign trail.
Last year he was quoted saying “One of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here,” – This is according to a transcript of the President’s interview with the New York Times.
Cook was not a fan of Trump during the election. He, in fact, co-hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. After the election, Cook seems to have made peace with the result and even wrote an email to all Apple employees to support the new government.
While discussing the outsourcing debate, Cook has previously mentioned that “Apple may not be able to shift much of its manufacturing back to the United States because of a lack of workers with the proper skills”.
That said, the company does assemble one of its most niche products – Mac Pro in Texas. Reportedly, Apple asked its manufacturing partners about the possibility of expanding production the home country.
Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn has recently confirmed that they are considering a $7 billion investment to create a flat-panel manufacturing facility in the country.
If it happens, this would also mean a significant step towards building iPhones on American soil. Founder and Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou that this move will create as many as 50,000 jobs in the U.S and involve Japanese subsidiary Sharp; reportedly in Pennsylvania and other states.
Back in 2013 when Tim Cook said Apple would start building part of its Mac lineup stateside, there were speculations that the Mac Pro would be the most likely candidate.
Mac Pro seemed like the perfect choice because it is easier to build and doesn’t sell as well as the other Macs. That way the company would be able to test a desktop production line in the U.S. without jeopardising the hot selling line-up.
However, according to a new rumour, it won’t be the Mac Pro. Instead, the Mac Mini will get the ‘made in America’ tag shortly.
This claim has come from Digitimes. Even with a lot of wrong predictions, Digitimes somehow manages to get Apple’s plans right, especially when it comes to technology.
With the help of Foxconn Electronics (who is likely to be responsible for handling establishment), Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac Mini production lines back to the U.S. The company reportedly started recruiting workers in 2013 for new automated production lines. Currently, Foxconn has about 15 operating bases in the country.
According to Digitimes, Mac mini sales are expected to rise from 1.4 million to 1.8 million, making it a product that Apple could experiment with building domestically in a healthy, hobby-like kind of environment.
Apple is Foxconn’s biggest client; they are trying to please them by bringing in more manufacturing into America.
According to some market researchers, if there were any other Mac product other than Mac Pro to be manufactured on American soil, it would certainly be Mac Mini.
Soon we will get to see if all these speculations are right or not. While there is a high chance of prices to soar if productions are shifted to America, we are still waiting how Mac Mini in India would perform.