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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:37 AM

Apple plans to manufacture some computers in USA.

By Ronnie Polidoro
Rock Center

In an exclusive interview with Brian Williams airing tonight at 10pm/9c on NBC’s “Rock Center,” Apple CEO Tim Cook announced one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Mac fans will have to wait to see which Mac line it will be because Apple, widely known for its secrecy, left it vague. Cook's announcement may or may not confirm recent rumors in the blogosphere sparked by iMacs inscribed in the back with “Assembled in USA.”

“We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Cook told Williams. It was Cook’s first interview since taking over from his visionary former boss, Steve Jobs, who resigned due to health reasons in August 2011. Jobs died on October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The announcement could be good news for a country that has been struggling with an unemployment rate of around 8 percent for some time and has been bleeding good-paying factory jobs to lower-wage nations such as China.

Cook, who joined Apple in 1998, said he believes it’s important to bring more jobs to the United States. Apple would not reveal where exactly the Macs will be manufactured.

More at: http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/06/15708290-apple-ceo-tim-cook-announces-plans-to-manufacture-mac-computers-in-usa?lite

I hope they do this more and more.

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mucifer Dec 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #1
onehandle Dec 2012 #2
TM99 Dec 2012 #3
bettyellen Dec 2012 #4
TM99 Dec 2012 #5
bettyellen Dec 2012 #6
TM99 Dec 2012 #9
Stinky The Clown Dec 2012 #7
IDemo Dec 2012 #8

Response to mucifer (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. It makes sense that iMacs will be the US made model.

It will save on shipping costs and our industrial DNA seems based more around larger items, while miniature products seem to fit less well into our historical industrial skill set.

Glad to hear, I may need to replace mine soon!

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:48 AM

2. The new ones are Amazing.

It's as if you took the top screen part of a MacBook Pro, stretched it out for a much bigger screen, and bolted it to their iconic stand.

The edges are so thin, that you think you might cut yourself on them.

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:39 AM

3. Actually the speculation is

that new iMacs will simply be assembled but not made in the USA.

Most if not all of the parts will still be imported from China, and then a team will assemble them here in the USA.

This is likely do to the current and future predicted iMac supply shortage.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/10/25/apple-braces-for-significant-shortage-of-new-imacs

Unfortunately Apple has no real intention it seems to truly return any sort of real manufacturing of computers or their requisite parts to the US.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:03 PM

4. Assembling it here is manufacturing.

And should be applauded. Hopefully they're very successful and more companies do it.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:26 PM

5. No it is not

Check with the FTC. 'Assembled in America' and 'Manufactured in America' state and mean two very different things.

I won't applaud it until it is actually about bringing real jobs back to the US and not just to counter a problem with Chinese manufacturing. Nor will I applaud a hood-winking where 'Assembled in America' does not mean what everyone thinks and wants it to mean.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:13 PM

6. Well garments sewn in factories in Santo Domingo

Were labeled "made in USA" because the components were cut here. Labeling can be bullshit.
But they could have moved this assembly to Korea or tons of other places. Most companies use any option but the USA.
And that's a good thing. I know it's a PR ploy and you know what- I hope it works!

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:53 PM

9. I can agree

it is a good thing IF and a big IF the PR ploy evolves into something with more substance.

Now if Jobs were still at the helm, I would completely doubt it. But with Cook, yes, there is a chance. He is a much more psychological healthy man.

So we will see.

Well, on edit, it seems I was right. This is purely for PR. It is not a significant act. It might cost a little in labor costs which they can easily handle, but it is designed to save them money in the long run, and it is only for the Mac lines which are really nothing to their stock.

So yeah, I stand by what I originally said and we will simply have to agree to disagree.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/06/technology/apple-mac-made-in-usa/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:18 PM

7. I'm actually thinking it might be their new Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is their big, honking, workstation class tower. They don't make that many of them and most are pretty customized. The last one I bought was made and shipped directly from China. It has actually been the most trouble-free computer I ever owned.

This sort of manufacturing makes the most sense to me when one is taking baby steps in moving a manufacturing operation back here. I think the iMac is too big a task right now.

All of this is pure, 100% personal speculation.

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Response to mucifer (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:21 PM

8. It's a shame they've chosen to glue everything together with the latest models

Not everyone opts to upgrade hard drive or memory or to debug same when called for, but a large number of computer users have always felt comfortable doing so. Apple makes it plain if they don't consider you a "Genius" (lol at whoever came up with that one), then keep your hands off the insides.

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