Apple Manufacturing In USA: CEO Tim Cook Shares Company's Plans To Make A Line Of Macs In America

  • metta

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    Dec 06, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    Apple Manufacturing In USA: CEO Tim Cook Shares Company's Plans To Make A Line Of Macs In America


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/apple-manufacturing-usa-macs_n_2249613.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief
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    Dec 06, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    I read somewhere that some iMacs are already showing the imprint "Assembled in the USA". I wonder if my partner's new 21'' iMac will?

    I'm buying him one as soon as the local Apple store has them again, currently sold out. I don't want to buy online for home delivery this time. It'll be one of his (early) Christmas presents.

    He's been running Windows on his Boot Camp-partitioned MacBook Pro, but his Outlook has gotten way buggy, along with other Windows crap it has. Plus the MacBook is 4 years old and starting to show its age.

    He doesn't work in an office anymore where Windows was used, so I finally persuaded him to start using the Mac OS, like I do. We've now got a pair of iPads, so the need for a notebook when traveling doesn't exist. But he does like a larger screen with his eyesight, hence my choice of the new super-thin iMac, despite the declining popularity of desktops.

    I'll put it on iCloud, and we'll finally be fully integrated: 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, and 2 iMacs, all sharing the same contact & calendar info, and anything else we want. No more of his asking me: "Does your calendar show us doing anything tonight?" or "Do you have a phone number for John Doe?" My calendar will be his calendar, his contact list my contact list, across all our devices, automatically, every minute of the day, from everywhere, no need for a syncing operation.

    I'll post here if I see his new iMac has a USA on it.
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    Dec 07, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    I'm doubtful. I think the general public is expecting Apple to open a huge factory and offer hundreds and hundreds of open positions for entry level line worker type jobs. But in reality, I think much of the assembly process will be automated by robots. So they will need to hire a handful of high skill level workers to operate/maintain those automated processes.
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    Dec 07, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    Also in the news, Foxcon CEO says he's thinking of opening a sweatshop... er... facility in the US.
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    Dec 07, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAlso in the news, Foxcon CEO says he's thinking of opening a sweatshop... er... facility in the US.
    It's funny.. some Chinese firms are actually outsourcing jobs back to the US because cost of living and wage increases in China are cutting into margins. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 07, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    OK, got the new 21" iMac today, and it says assembled in China. So this reported change to US assembly didn't apply yet. icon_sad.gif

    But the computer itself is beautiful, and set itself up in minutes. All I had to do was give it my iCloud account, and all our Contacts and Calendars from our other devices appeared on it. It didn't even ask how I wanted to connect to the Internet, it seems like it just knew. It was fully functional with our most important data within 10 minutes out of the box.
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    Dec 07, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    Sure....but parts made in China.
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    Dec 08, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    may11 saidSure....but parts made in China.



    Some components like the processor on the iPhone and the iPad are manufactured in the U.S as well as the glass used on these devices. Overall the internal parts of any computer are manufactured all over the world, they come from distinct suppliers located in different countries. That is the reason why computer systems do not employ the "made in" moniker but "assembled in".

    So your reply is wrong for the most part, as not all parts will be made in China.
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    Dec 08, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    Regardless where the different parts are manufactured in, the good news remains that the computers will be manufactured here in the US.
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]charlitos said[/cite]
    may11 saidSure....but parts made in China.



    Some components like the processor on the iPhone and the iPad are manufactured in the U.S as well as the glass used on these devices. Overall the internal parts of any computer are manufactured all over the world, they come from distinct suppliers located in different countries. That is the reason why computer systems do not employ the "made in" moniker but "assembled in".

    So your reply is wrong for the most part, as not all parts will be made in


    This is because Apple is trying to reduce the number of discrete parts it uses to assemble a computer . As parts decrease the economic advantage to assembly in China decreases. The flip side is they become in unrepairable.
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said[quote][cite]charlitos said[/cite]
    may11 saidSure....but parts made in China.



    Some components like the processor on the iPhone and the iPad are manufactured in the U.S as well as the glass used on these devices. Overall the internal parts of any computer are manufactured all over the world, they come from distinct suppliers located in different countries. That is the reason why computer systems do not employ the "made in" moniker but "assembled in".

    So your reply is wrong for the most part, as not all parts will be made in


    Apple is trying to reduce the number of discrete components it uses to assemble a computer . As parts decrease the economic advantage to assembly in China decreases. The flip side is they become in unrepairable.
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:11 PM GMT


    This gets seemingly interesting!
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    Dec 08, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    BTW, the new iMacs, which presumably will be the products Apple will be producing in the US, appear to be razor thin, as this pic implies.

    Truth is, the back bulges out, shaped sorta like a pillow. Those components have to go somewhere, as some models are still using hard drives rather than all SSD.

    Still, from most angles it does give the visual impression of super thinness, and it's much lighter than my earlier 21" iMac, and certainly compared to my last-gen 27".
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    Dec 09, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Bryzen saidI could see Apple assembling the upcoming Mac Pro's in the US.
    There will be way less demand than the rest of their products.
    Mac Pro will be discontinued eventually.