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Apple Mac Mini production moving to US

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Apple will reportedly move Mac Mini production back to the US.

Production will be handled by Foxconn Electronics, which has 15 operating bases in the US and plans to start recruiting for new automated production lines, reports Digi Times.

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Mac Mini shipments are likely to increase by 30% in 2013, rising from a high of 1.4 million units to 1.8 million.

The Mac Mini will be the first Apple device to benefit from the recently confirmed move back to North America, contradicting previous reports that the Mac Pro would be the first product to relocate.

The move, which has been described as a PR stunt, is an attempt to tackle America's 8% unemployment rate. Apple has previously been criticised for not doing more to help improve the flagging US labour market.

The country's manufacturing industry has struggled to compete with lower-wage nations such as China, leading Apple's Tim Cook to confirm a $100m (£62m) investment in US product development.

The firm has also come under fire over alleged poor working conditions at plants in China, particularly following a spate of suicides at Foxconn sites.

In October, Foxconn admitted breaching child labour laws when it emerged that children as young as 14 were working as interns at its Tantai facility in Shandong province.

A month earlier, production was halted at one of the firm's plants in northern China after a fight involving 2,000 workers broke out.

The company has since pledged to increase wages and reduce working hours, and has introduced more supportive chairs and cushioned seats for some workers, automatic switch-off on mechanisms on some machines, and protective foam on low-hanging internal stairwell ceilings.

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