NEW YORK -- Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will produce oneof its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year.
Cook made the comments in part of an interview taped for NBC's "Rock Center," but aired Thursday morning on Today and posted on the network's website.
Ina separate interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, he said that thecompany will spend $100 million in 2013 to move production of the lineto the U.S. from China.
"This doesn't mean that Apple will do itourselves, but we'll be working with people and we'll be investing ourmoney," Cook told Bloomberg.
A call to Apple for comment before business hours Thursday was not immediately returned.
Likemany consumer electronics companies, Apple produces most of itsproducts overseas, though Cook noted in his interview with NBC that someof their components are made in the U.S. The company and itsmanufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group have faced significantcriticism this year over working conditions at the Chinese facilitieswhere Apple products are made.
Cook didn't say which line ofcomputers would be produced in the U.S. or where in the country theywould be made. But he told Bloomberg that the production would includemore than just final assembly.
Regardless, the U.S.-made line isexpected to represent just a tiny piece of Apple overall production,with sales of iPhones and iPads now dwarfing those of its computers.
Cooksaid in his interview with NBC that companies like Apple chose toproduce their products in places like China, not because of the lowercosts associated with it, but because the manufacturing skills requiredjust aren't present in the U.S. anymore.
He added that theconsumer electronics world has never really had a big productionpresence in the U.S. As a result, it's really more about startingproduction in the U.S. than bringing it back.
The news comes a dayafter Apple posted its worst stock drop in four years, erasing $35million in market capitalization. Apple shares fell $5.17 to $533.62 inThursday's premarket session.