Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at an event that Apple will use microchips manufactured by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. factory in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Today we’re combining TSMC’s expertise with the unrivaled ingenuity of American workers. We are investing in a stronger, brighter future, we are planting our seed in the Arizona desert. And at Apple, we are proud to help nurture its growth.”
“And now, thanks to the hard work of so many people, these chips can be proudly stamped Made in America,” Cook said. “This is an incredibly significant moment.”
It’s really not breaking news. Because for months, reports and updates have indicated that Apple is actively attempting to reduce its reliance on Asian-based manufacturing.
All of the chips used in Apple’s iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices are manufactured by TSMC. Currently, chips are primarily manufactured in Taiwan, but TSMC is building two factories in Arizona as Apple seeks to shift more manufacturing to the United States. TSMC intends to invest $40 billion, with the first plant set to open in 2024 and the second in 2026. 4 and the second to open in 2026.
The plants will be able to produce 4-nanometer and 3-nanometer chips, which are used in advanced processors such as Apple’s A-series and M-series, as well as Nvidia’s graphics processors.
The sources for this piece include an article in CNBC.