News on November 16, according to Bloomberg News, Apple plans to start purchasing some of its chips from a factory in Arizona. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously revealed the information during a meeting with engineering staff in Germany during a visit to Europe.
”We’ve made a decision that we’re going to buy chips from a factory in Arizona that starts production in ’24, so that’s about two years away, maybe a little less,” Cook told employees. “In Europe, I believe as these plans become more visible, we will source from Europe as well,” he said at the meeting, which was attended by Apple services chief Eddy Cue and retail and human resources chief Deirdre O’Brien.
Cook did not provide details on the chips that Apple will source from Arizona, but Apple supplier TSMC is currently building a manufacturing plant near Phoenix, it is understood. TSMC started the project in 2020 and will begin mass production of 4nm chips in 2024.
Just last week, The Wall Street Journal said TSMC plans to open a second factory in Arizona, a $12 billion facility that will produce cutting-edge, next-generation 3-nanometer chips that could be used in future Apple devices .