News FAQ: Apple to Manufacture Some Products in the USA
After Steve Jobs famously told president Obama that Apple manufacturing jobs would never return to the United States, CEO Tim Cook announced that certain Mac computers would be made in the USA. Here are the most common questions people have about the story.
I already have a job. Will my current employer give me extra time off to make these computers?
Manufacturing these computers will not be mandatory. Apple will hire people to build these computers the same way any company would hire workers to perform a task.
But where are all of these extra Chinese people going to live?!?!
The factories will employ Americans, not Chinese people. The Chinese people working in China will stay in China.
Will new Mac products feature more rugged individualism?
All products will continue be made to the high quality standards we’ve come to expect from Apple, and besides, rugged individualism hasn't really been part of the national persona for a long time.
How about my iPod?
We don’t totally understand the question. How about your iPod?
I bet Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave. But maybe that'll make him come back to life, right? Or maybe his ghost will come back to finish his business!
No, not right. When a person dies, they are dead forever. Ghosts do not exist.
Does this mean that my computers are going to start running like American cars?
American cars have come a long way to bridge the previous gap in quality. Your tired jape is outdated and misinformed.
Does this mean Apple keyboards will finally stop using Chinese letters?
Apple products sold in the U.S. have always used the English alphabet. Check to see if you are in China.