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Apple Reportedly Gears Up To Buy US-Made Chips In Strategic Pivot Away From Asia

Benzinga · 11/15/2022 20:30

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook reportedly said that the iPhone maker is making preparations to source chips from an upcoming factory in Arizona in the United States.

What Happened: Cook made the revelation at an internal meeting with engineering and retail employees in Germany, reported Bloomberg.

"We've already made a decision to be buying out of a plant in Arizona, and this plant in Arizona starts up in '24, so we've got about two years ahead of us on that one, maybe a little less," Cook reportedly said at the meeting.

Cook said he was "sure" that Apple will also source from Europe as Arizona plans to become "more apparent,” as per the report.

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Why It Matters: The Arizona plant mentioned by Cook is likely to be run by existing chip partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd (NYSE:TSM), according to the report.

TSMC shares shot up 10.6% in Tuesday's after-hours trading, according to Benzinga Pro data.

TSMC and Apple did not immediately respond to Benzinga's request for comment.

Why It Matters: Apple currently sources 60% of its processors from TSMC plants in Taiwan. "Regardless of what you may feel and think, 60% coming out of anywhere is probably not a strategic position," Cook reportedly said at the meeting.

TSMC is a beneficiary of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which provides $52.7 billion of direct financial assistance for the construction and expansion of semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the United States and gives $24 billion in tax incentives.

Price Action: Apple shares traded 1.2% higher at $150.04 in extended trading after closing 0.05% lower in the regular session.

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