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Apple's future iPhones and Macs will use TSMC chips made in Arizona

2022-12-07 18:43 by
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Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will buy U.S.-made microchips at an event in Arizona on Tuesday, where President Joe Biden also spoke. Cook said Apple would buy processors made in a new Arizona factory, according to a video from the event. Apple will be the facility's "largest customer," Cook tweeted on Tuesday.

"These chips will power iPhones and MacBooks, as Tim Cook can attest," President Joe Biden said at an event outside the Arizona factory on Tuesday. "Apple had to buy all the advanced chips from overseas. Now we're going to do more of their supply chain here at home."

Apple's plans to source chips for its devices from TSMC's Arizona plant marks a shift in strategy for the tech giant as it navigates geopolitical tensions between Washington and Beijing, and China's strict COVID-19 containment measures.

Intel is also building factories in Arizona and Ohio. It's planning to serve as a foundry for other companies looking to outsource chip production, and has expressed interest in making Apple's components. Whether or not that happens may depend on Intel's ability to keep up with foundries like TSMC, which frequently leads the push towards next-generation chip manufacturing processes.

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