A new report from Bloomberg's Adam Satariano claims that "Apple is putting a record $10.5 billion to work in new technology -- from assembly robots to milling machines -- that consumers will never see." The claim in-part is supported by a recent Apple patent filing revelation.
Satariano further noted that "To get a jump on rivals like Samsung Electronics Co. and lay the groundwork for new products, Apple is spending more on the machines that do the behind-the-scenes work of mass producing iPhones, iPads and other gadgets. That includes equipment to polish the new iPhone 5c's colorful plastic, laser and milling machines to carve the MacBook's aluminum body, and testing gear for the iPhone and iPad camera lens, said people with knowledge of the company's manufacturing methods, who asked not to be identified because the process is private."
In February we posted a report titled "Apple Invents New Robotic Arm Finishing System for iPhone" which covered Apple's "finishing" Robotic Arm system which you could review here. In another report that we published in April we noted that Apple had hired John Morrell away from Yale University. Morrell was a well-known robotics whiz. The hire and project he was hired for was a mystery at the time. It's now evident that Apple's new robotics team has developed additional robots including those used in the manufacture of the Mac Pro in California.