As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to Arizona today, where he toured the forthcoming TSMC semiconductor facility with President Joe Biden. During remarks at the event, Cook confirmed that TSMC will make chips for Apple at this new TSMC facility, saying that the chips will “proudly be stamped ‘Made in America.'”
TSMC is Apple’s partner in manufacturing the Apple silicon chips used in all of its products. These include the A-series chips used in devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as the M-series chips used in the Mac. Bloomberg had previously reported that TSMC would make chips for Apple at this new Arizona plant.
In his prepared remarks, Cook commended President Biden for his “leadership” and thanked him for signing the CHIPS act. The CHIPS Act offers companies billions of dollars in incentives for the semiconductor production that takes place in the United States.
Joining us this afternoon is President Biden, whose presence sends a strong signal about the importance of this moment. President Biden, thank you for your leadership and especially for signing the CHIPS act that will allow more and more projects like this to happen. This is an incredibly exciting day for America, for Arizona and also for Apple.
Cook went on to say that Apple plans to continue working with TSMC in the coming years as the company forms “new and deeper roots in America.” Hailing Apple Silicon’s progress in recent years, he said, “There is no area where innovation has had a greater impact than Apple Silicon.”
The Apple CEO then confirmed that the company will work with TSMC to manufacture Apple silicon chips at this new Arizona facility. “These chips can proudly be stamped ‘Made in America,'” he said. “It’s an opportunity for the United States to usher in a new era of advanced manufacturing.”
In recent years, the progress we’ve made with Apple Silicon has transformed our devices. It has unlocked new levels of performance for our users and allowed them to do things they could never do before.
If you stop and think about it, it’s amazing what chip technology can do. Thanks to the hard work of so many people, these chips can now proudly be stamped ‘Made in America’.
This is an incredibly significant moment. It’s an opportunity for the United States to usher in a new era of advanced manufacturing. It’s the chance to create American high-tech jobs; the jobs of the future, the jobs that could define our future. The United States was founded on the notion that one great idea could change the world. It is a place inspired by ingenuity and ambition, by creativity and vision. It is the most fertile ground in the world for innovation.
Finally, Cook praised the United States and reiterated Apple’s commitment to “giving back to our great country.” Apple will “continue to innovate and develop” core products in the United States and “continue to deepen” its investments in the economy.
I know that a company like Apple can only come from America and, as always, we are committed to giving back to our great country. We will continue to design and develop our core products in the United States, just as we have always done. We will continue to deepen our investments in the US economy.
Today is just the beginning. Today we combine the expertise of TSMC with the unparalleled ingenuity of American workers. We invest in a stronger, better future. We plant a seed in the Arizona desert. And at Apple, we pride ourselves on enabling growth.
The new TSMC facility in Arizona is expected to open in 2024. Initially, the factory was supposed to focus on 5nm chip production, but it was recently reported that the factory would use a 4nm process instead. This technology lags behind Apple’s reported plans to move to 3nm in 2023, but the company will no doubt continue to use 4nm and 5nm chips in some of its products for a few more years.
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