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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 6:59:34 PM , Rating: -1
I'm pretty sure Samsung didn't design the resistors and capacitors they they use in their memory chips. Do you really want to drill down and go down that path?

A design is like a recipe, if your design calls to use a custom spec'ed screen by Sharp, completely fabricated motherboard and off the shelf memory chips it's still completely your design.


By menting on 12/3/2012 9:42:26 PM , Rating: 2
i'm pretty sure Samsung designed the resisters and capacitors.
They didn't invent resisters and capacitors, but they certainly designed how it was to be sized and laid out in the layout of the die.


By menting on 12/3/2012 9:45:45 PM , Rating: 2
forgot to add that Apple can claim to have designed the phone and maybe the PCB design (and now also the CPU), but they can't claim to have designed all the components.


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