Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday that the iPhone is in fact largely made in America.
He clarified his comments to say the flagship phones are assembled elsewhere, but said “there’s equipment and manufacturing” all over the U.S.
President Donald Trump has touted Apple as one of the top many American companies investing at home. The company said in January that it planned to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years through taxes, capital investment and job creation.
Cook said Wednesday the company doesn’t need “political pressure” to add American jobs and said, “we’ve already been doing that.”
Cook made the comments in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, a day after Apple revealed a new affordable iPad model that supports Apple Pencil and revamped education software.
The company is hoping the new iPad, marketed primarily to schools, will help regain some of the education market share from Google and its Chromebook. Meanwhile, Apple is facing reports of iPhone “demand deterioration.”