Apple will begin sourcing some of its iPhone chips in the United States; it has been revealed.
A new report from Bloomberg has revealed that Tim Cook is keen to begin sourcing some more products from the United States and told engineering employees in Germany that he’d begun sourcing US chips. It comes as an attempt to ensure cheap iPhone deals can continue – without the added costs associated with supply chain issues.
Speaking to engineers, Cook reportedly said: “We’ve already made a decision to be buying out of a plant in Arizona, and this plant in Arizona starts up in ’24, so we’ve got about two years ahead of us on that one, maybe a little less.
“And in Europe, I’m sure that we will also source from Europe as those plans become more apparent.”
Although the Apple CEO didn’t offer any specifics on the chips that the company might source in the United States, he did confirm that they would come from Arizona. One of the company’s trusted suppliers, TSMC, began work on a new fabrication plant near Phoenix, and it will open in 2024. A report from the WSJ separately reported that TSMC would build a second plant in Arizona in the coming years.
Apple is reportedly looking to reduce its reliance on China and benefit from government incentives in the United States to manufacture chips on home soil.
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