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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 name99 on 12/3/2012 4:32:25 PM , Rating: 2
OR these terms indicate that the concept "made in" is meaningless.

Do you demand that the aluminum for the cases come from the US? That the oil used to transport them come from the US? That the machine tools used to assemble them come from the US? etc etc etc

What these many terms show is that "made in" is a concept that can be de-aggregated in a hundred different ways. Don't use a term that is meaningless. Figure out what it is you are trying to achieve with the term and then use an appropriate term.
Are you trying to highlight where MACs are DESIGNED?
Are you trying to highlight where the CHIPs that Macs use are DESIGNED?
Are you trying to highlight where the RAW MATERIALs that Macs use are mined?
Are you trying to highlight where the various pieces are PUT TOGETHER? (but why assume that this assembly only occurs once, in one location?)
etc etc etc

RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By retrospooty on 12/3/2012 5:37:42 PM , Rating: 1
I believe people are trying to "highlight" the fact that Apple is being deceptive. The label says made the the USA and that is false. Not like it matters, what computers are? None that I am aware of, but the fact that Apple feels the need to lie raises eyebrows on the company that is well known for it's lying, cheating and stealing.

RE: Gotta love the way with words...
By Fritzr on 12/4/2012 1:49:23 AM , Rating: 4
The label says "Assembled in USA". Under FTC rules it does not matter where the parts are manufactured as long as the final "substantial transformation" occurs in USA. Assembly of a product from a parts inventory qualifies as "Assembled in USA". It is not deceptive, but the buyer may not be aware of the FTC rules on labeling.

By Just Tom on 12/4/2012 10:32:24 AM , Rating: 1
The consumer may not. But the pedestrian definition of assembled should make it clear that the parts might not have been made in the USA.

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