U.S. State of the Union highlights Apple manufacturing coming back to America

U.S. State of the Union highlights Apple manufacturing coming back to America

During his annual State of the Union speech last night, U.S. president Barack Obama highlighted Apple's intent to bring some Mac computer manufacturing back to America.

After shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs back over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries, like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home, and this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.

In December of 2012, Apple announced plans to invest over $100 million to bring production of one of its Mac lines to the U.S. Speculation has included both the Mac mini and a rumored next-generation Mac Pro. This followed increased media attention over their, and the industry's, use of Chinese manufacturing facilities and labor.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, as expected, was in attendance. He sat in the First Lady's section, behind Michelle Obama, in a dark suit and tie.

During last year's State of the Union President Obama mentioned Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, praising his entrepreneurial spirit as his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, watched from the First Lady's section.

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Rene Ritchie

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U.S. State of the Union highlights Apple manufacturing coming back to America


He want taking credit for it. He was simply pointing out how important it is that American companies starting to bring their production back home where it should be. Is that wrong?

No, it's not wrong. American companies should be bringing jobs back home to America, where they belong. But greed is "good", isn't it, and keeping jobs oversees for pennies on the dollar, rakes in the profits to pay for the golden parachutes, when then greedy suits leave or get fired from the companies they worked for (and mismanaged, in many cases. Not Apple, of course).

Too funny. Anyone that has been paying close attention knows that all these companies got no money from a government bailout. Every manufacturing company that did get government bailout loans moved their operations over seas. US Tax payers paid 30 billion specifically for GM to move its operations to China, India, and Indonesia.

But BHO is trying to say that he helped bring jobs back? He is a globalist who loves world trade treaties that destroy the US.

We are not allowed to have any tariffs on Chinese products (unless they give us permission) but they have tons of tariffs on our products. For instance, a Jeep Cherokee that costs 27K in the US costs over 80K in China, because of their tariffs. Nothing is fair trade in free trade treaties.

Take your political rants elsewhere, this isnt the place for it. Rene simply mentioned this because Apple was brought up during the STOU.
It's pretty obvious that this country has been divided for a decade now. Lets focus on positive things happening and move forward instead of getting stuck in pre-election-feuds ;)


Well long over a decade but more obvious the last decade , mainly cause of the internet making it easier for political debates out in the open :) lol

Forward off a cliff? Forward into a wall? Forward over the water fall? We've all seen where planned economies and their centralized power schemes end... gridlock currently offers the only hope for anyone who wants to retain individual or local autonomy. I guess the only good news is that ultimately we can't afford your oligarchical collectivistic utopia, the credit lines borrowed against our children are about tapped.

I'm more concerned with the screen grab from Fox News. Last week they said Germany, roughly the size of Arizona, produces more solar energy than the U.S. because "they get more sun the the us."

You seriously watch that crap Rene?