Apple plans to shift production of one of its Mac computers from China to the United States in 2013, a move that may mute criticism of labor practices at its contract manufacturers in China, please customers who have expressed a preference for American-made goods and hearten business leaders who have decried the decline in American industry.

"We've been working for years on doing more and more in the United States," Apple CEO Tim Cook said to NBC's Brian Williams in a TV interview. "Next year, we will do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States."