From Digitimes we have received this new news that completes a whole week of rumors: TSMC, one of Apple’s main suppliers, has stated that it has no plans to start manufacturing components in the United States but that it is studying the possible advantages of doing so in the near future.
The supplier is surrounded by good growth forecasts this year (in part because of the possible rise in iPhone 5G sales that may appear in the fall), so an expansion to the U.S. to please the Trump administration is not a financially unreasonable idea for the company.
Politics can be behind everything and Apple knows it
However, since 9to5Mac they balance the scales: this statement by TSMC may well be a simple statement that wants to satisfy the U.S. government, which is hopeful of creating jobs in the country. The supplier may have said this when perhaps it has already decided long ago not to make this move, buying time or easing political pressures. The same media points out that Foxconn has already made this move, but creating only 178 jobs when it had previously promised 13,000.
Regardless of where the company is based, TSMC must be fully prepared to manufacture the chips for the entire new iPhone range that we will be able to see from next September. If the rumours are true, it is likely that the shipments of components to be sent will be the largest that Apple has ever asked this company to produce.