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A "Computer Assembled in USA" sticker made its way onto an iMac purchased this weekend

Apple may be assembling certain hardware in the United States instead of China, according to a recent CNN Money report. 

The report referred to a reader, Aaron Gong, that purchased a new 21-inch iMac at an Apple Store in San Jose, California last weekend. When he opened the box, the label said "Computer Assembled in USA" rather than China, which is normally the case. 

This is a bit of an odd case, though, since the iMac was an in-stock, entry-level model that had no custom specifications at all. In the past, only "made-to-order" iMacs were assembled in the U.S. 

This doesn't mean that Apple is moving all of its hardware -- or even just iMac -- manufacturing the U.S. Another 21-inch iMac buyer purchased his product at the Manhattan Apple Store last week and had an "Assembled in China" label on it. 

It's not clear what's going on with Apple's assembly locations, but Gong's Saturday iMac purchase has certainly raised a few questions. 

Apple's gadgets are mainly manufactured and assembled at its Foxconn plants in China, but these plants have had several issues this year ranging from poor working conditions to employee abuse in the way of excessive overtime, crowded dorms, and low pay. 

Source: CNN



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RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Jeffk464 on 12/3/2012 4:16:29 PM , Rating: 2
There is pretty much only one component in a computer that's made in the USA and that's your intel cpu. Everything else comes from Japan, China, and S Korea. Interesting I was listening to an expert on China on NPR. He was saying that if a computer costs $1000 probably only $100 goes to china, the rest goes to the more expensive parts from Japan, Korea, Intel, and of course profit for the likes of Apple.


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Nortel on 12/3/2012 4:30:54 PM , Rating: 3
Advertising, shipping, taxes, physical stores, cloud/appstore/web servers, R&D, employees, etc...

Japan, Korea, USA all make quality components. What does China make exactly? All of the assembly machines in china to mill aluminum, robotic arms, glass polishing, automated QA are all made in countries like Germany (Herzog) or the US (Denso). Apple does all the grunt work by importing all these machines, setting up the assembly lines and training Foxconn on how to train their workers. China supplies the grunt labor to follow the carefully laid plans, that's all they are good for.


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By retrospooty on 12/3/12, Rating: 0
By messele on 12/4/2012 2:09:36 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, but then it doesn't say either "made in China" or "made in the USA" on it.


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Just Tom on 12/4/2012 10:30:12 AM , Rating: 1
It says Assembled in USA. Which is legally different than Made in USA.


By retrospooty on 12/4/2012 4:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
lovely...


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By boobo on 12/3/2012 9:07:58 PM , Rating: 2
Aren't Intel CPUs also made in Israel, Ireland, and Costa Rica?


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Jeffk464 on 12/4/2012 12:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_manufa...

If you look at the factory and fab process it looks like Haswell will be manufactured only in Arizona and Oregon.


RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By The Jedi on 12/4/2012 2:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
That's cool, I did not know that. From the Intel PDF linked at that site:
quote:
Wafer fabrication or manufacturing of Intel’s microprocessors and chip sets is conducted in the U.S. (Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Massachusetts). China, Ireland and Israel. Following manufacturing the majority of our components are then assembled and tested at facilities in Malaysia, China, Costa Rica and Vietnam.

I thought they were completely made in like Malaysia. Apparently they are like the newest Samsung chips for Apple: made in the USA and shipped to an overseas factory for the final assembly into the chip package.

I was already well aware that the AMD chips are made in Dresden, Germany and sent to Asia (forget where Malaysia?) for assembly. AMD has that fab going on in New York state, I guess that will supplement Germany.


By radializer on 12/5/2012 10:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
The actual fabrication process cannot be done in a country that does not have the correct export controls in place. Hence most of the current generation and n-1 generation stuff cannot run in China as the US Customs export regulations forbid it, and F68 in Dalian manufactures 65nm (non High-K flow). Israel and Ireland however have a different relationship with the US compared to China and are permitted to manufacture 45nm, 32nm and 22nm technologies.


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