Apple is looking to source future chips from the US and Europe to reduce its reliance on the traditional Asian supply chain.
This is the claim it makes Bloomberg Mark Gurman, referring to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook at an internal meeting in Germany.
“We’ve already made a decision to buy the plant in Arizona, and that plant in Arizona will be operational in ’24, so we have about two years ahead, maybe a little less,” Cook was quoted as saying.
“I’m sure we’ll also receive from Europe when those plans become more clear,” he added.
Apple’s exclusive chip manufacturing partner is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, and the clue as to where this company is based is in the name. At the meeting, Cook noted that about 60% of the world’s semiconductor production comes from the tiny island of Taiwan.
“Regardless of what you feel and think, a 60% exit from anywhere is probably not a strategic position,” he said.
TSMC is known to be opening a manufacturing plant in the US state of Arizona by 2024, which is likely the plant Cook is referring to here. As a second source of chips in the US, Apple can count on a second factory that TSMC is said to be building in the US.
However, as the report points out, TSMC has said that its first US plant will be capable of producing chips using a 5nm manufacturing process, which falls short of Apple’s ambitions for 3nm chips.
TSMC is also rumored to be in discussions to build a chip factory in Germany, which appears to be linked to Cook’s mention of Apple’s European manufacturing plans.
Recently, Apple has been looking to diversify its supply chain by incorporating some of its manufacturing moves to India.