Tim Cook confirms Apple will buy Arizona-made TSMC chips

Julie Clover

Apple CEO Tim Cook today confirmed that Apple plans to source chips from TSMC's US factories being built in Arizona, according to CNBC.

Cook was in Arizona during the announcement of TSMC's investment in the state where U.S. President Joe Biden also attended. “And now, thanks to the hard work of so many people, these chips can proudly say Made in America,” Cook said. “This is an incredibly important moment.”

Today is just the beginning. Today, we combine the experience of TSMC with the unrivaled ingenuity of American workers. We invest in a stronger brighter future, we plant our seed in the Arizona desert. At Apple, we're proud to help it grow.

TSMC makes all the chips that power iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple devices. The chips are currently made primarily in Taiwan, but TSMC is building two factories in Arizona as Apple looks to move more production to the US. TSMC plans to invest $40 billion, with the first plant opening in 2024 and the second in 2026.

One of TSMC's Arizona plants will produce 4nm chips when it opens in 2024. TSMC will produce 20,000 wafers per month and Apple will use about a third of the output. In the future, TSMC will use the factory to produce even more advanced 3nm chips for Apple.


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