Apple Computers: Made in the USA?
December 3, 2012 2:19 PM
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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
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
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
in China, but these plants have had several issues this year ranging from poor working conditions to employee abuse in the way of
, crowded dorms, and low pay.
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RE: Gotta love the way with words...
12/5/2012 10:17:16 PM
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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