As expected President Obama gave Apple a mention in his State of the Union address yesterday.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was sat in First Lady Michelle Obama's box for the speech, so it was generally expected that Apple would be referred to.

Obama said: "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again."

Last year the First Lady was joined by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, she was referred to in the speech as an American entrepreneur. 

When asked why Apple isn’t manufacturing the iPhone in the US, Apple’s late-CEO Steve Jobs told US President Barack Obama in February 2011: "Those jobs aren't coming back."

However, in December 2012, Cook announced that the company is planning to manufacture one of its existing Mac lines exclusively in the US this year.

Cook didn't reveal exactly which Mac line it will be manufacturing in America, or where, but several of Apple's 2012 iMacs were labeled as "Assembled in USA."

At the time, Cook explained that, while it might seem like an obvious option to move all of its manufacturing to the US, additional costs and lack of workers skilled in factory work that would cause a problem. Cook said he hopes that Apple's introduction of the Mac project in the US might encourage other companies to do the same.

Apple already claims it is responsible for a total of 514,000 jobs across all 50 states. Only 47,000 of those workers are employed directly by Apple. Another 257,000 work at companies that provide manufacturing, sales, delivery, and other support to the company. The remaining 210,000 jobs exist in the so-called "app economy" - the host of third-party software developers who create programs for the iPhone and iPad.

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