Mac mini rumored to be assembled in USA next year


The always delightful DigiTimes is reporting Apple's Mac mini production is expected to move to the United States in 2013. The rumor coincided with recent comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook saying a Mac line would be switching to domestic production next year. Apple is already producing some iMacs within the U.S., so Apple's overall plans aren't clear.

Production is expected to be handled by existing manufacturing partners Foxconn and/or Quanta. Quanta has facilities in California and Tennessee, while Foxconn has several and is looking to expand.

Currently, Foxconn has about 15 operating bases in the US and the company reportedly plans to start recruiting workers in 2013 for new automated production lines.

Apple's other major OEM partner Quanta Computer also has two operating bases in the US, located in Fremont, California and Nashville, Tennessee.