Singapore-based manufacturer Flextronics will reportedly manage the assembly of Apple’s new cylindrical Mac Pro desktop in U.S. facilities when it goes into production later this year, according to Apple Insider (via Macotakara). The source claims that Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who is known for predicting Apple’s product plans, revealed this information.
Flextronics currently has a number of facilities across the U.S., including Texas, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and both North and South Carolina. If the report turns out to be true, it would mean that Foxconn will no longer manufacture the Mac Pro. But as the source points out, Apple’s upcoming Mac Pro is targeted towards a much small market, so the shift is not expected to have a major effect on Foxconn.
From Flextronics website:
“Our United States teams offer a wide spectrum of capabilities, including electrical and mechanical design and the manufacturing of flexible and rigid printed circuit boards and printed circuit board assemblies, specialty coated thin film flexible materials, backplanes, box-build, cable assemblies, camera modules and assembly,” the site reads. “Our facilities also have clean room capabilities, functional and reliability testing, new product introduction support, design for manufacturing, supply chain management and logistics.”
Despite Mac Pro’s assembly in the U.S., Apple is not expected to bring assembly of any of its MacBook lines to America any time soon.