Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 00:01 UTC
Apple "Apple may be taking some of the burden of assembling the new iMac off Chinese supply partners by performing parts of assembly in the U.S., as a number of newly-purchased standard units are showing an 'Assembled in USA' notation usually reserved for made-to-order machines." Cool. You'd think we'd have more information on this than the article contains, but alas.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by umccullough on Thu 6th Dec 2012 17:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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"Assembled in USA" is the new way to say: "we got the parts from China, they came in huge containers, and we're only assembling it here".
So, basically, it's not "made in USA". Only assembled. It makes no difference, maybe beside local employment rate going a little up.
Bogus news.

Actually, if we stop and assume most of the devices are actually sold in the U.S. (which seems to be true for Apple), it could actually save on shipping costs to ship the parts (more densely packed that way) and assemble them in the U.S. rather than shipping the fully assembled/packaged devices which wastes more space. They can probably make better use of the containers they ship from China this way.

I'm guessing Apple isn't doing this for any other reason than to save money somehow - and secondarily as a marketing reason since many U.S. citizens get all warm and fuzzy thinking that the company is somehow supporting American workers.

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