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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 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

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