As news broke that Apple is going to invest $100 million to bring some Mac production back to the U.S., Foxconn has announced that it is planning U.S. expansion. Related? Yeah, that’s a fair bet.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed already—Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA Soon and Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”—the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
People at Foxconn have already talked about how hard it is to build the iPhone 5 and production slowdowns are due to stricter quality control, and today Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou spoke to reporters at an economic forum reiterating that design and quality issues are slowing down production. Does this mean that Apple is making devices that are just too hard to build in quantity or that manufacturers are just facing the beginning of a “new normal” in making today’s high tech devices?