When President Obama gathered Silicon Valley's top players for a private dinner in February of 2011, he asked Apple founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs what it would take for Apple to make iPhones here in the United States. Jobs replied: "Those jobs aren't coming back." Looks like he spoke too soon.
"Next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We’re really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it’s broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we’ll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn’t mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we’ll be working with people, and we’ll be investing our money."
There's no word on which companies Apple will partner with on the manufacturing. Rumors have Foxconn, the company that currently builds a number of Apple products, expanding its operations to the U.S.
Apple's not the first company to bring some of its manufacturing to the U.S. Earlier this year it was reported that Lenovo was opening a plant in North Carolina to build ThinkPads and ThinkCentres. Let's see if this trend continues.