VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images | Apple chief design officer Jony Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook inspect iPhone XR.
Apple on Monday said that it spent $60 billion on American component suppliers in 2018, up ten percent from 2017.
Those suppliers help support “more than 450,000 jobs” in the United States in 2018 and have created or supported more than 2 million jobs since 2011, the company said.
Apple outlined several of its American suppliers, which it doesn’t normally do publicly. It called out Kentucky’s Corning which supplies the glass for iPhones and iPads. Skyworks in Massachusetts, Qorvo in Oregon and Broadcom in Colorado all contribute components for wireless communications, Apple said.
Cincinnati Test Systems provides technology that helps keep iPhones water resistant. Finisar, in Sherman, Texas, works on some of the lasers that let iPhones and iPads recognize your face.
Apple has pushed to create an image that its products are American, and not just manufactured in Chinese factories.
Last March, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple didn’t need “political pressure to add American jobs” because it has already been supporting careers in the U.S. Last January, Apple announced plans to repatriate $350 billion in overseas cash that it said will contribute to the U.S. economy and will help create 20,000 U.S. jobs.
Likewise, Foxconn, one of the companies that produces iPhones in China, is opening a plant in Wisconsin. However, experts have said it’s unlikely Apple would ever move its iPhone production line to the U.S.