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Designed By Apple In California, Assembled In USA

Is Apple manufacturing iMacs in the USA? Evidence suggests that Apple could be assembling some of the new iMacs in Fremont, Calif.ornia, moving at least part of its production from Asia to the United States.

As reporting by Fortune, some new iMacs, just bought in San Jose, are sporting labels that say “Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in the USA,” a  change from the  machines’ usual assembly in China.

It’s also instructive to note exactly what “Assembled in USA” means. As part of its duties, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission regulates manufacturers’ “Made in USA” and “Assembled in USA” assertions, pointing out that that latter cannot be a simple “screwdriver” assembly where parts made overseas are bolted onto a near-finalized product.
All the major components of a computer, including the motherboard and hard drive, are imported. The computer’s components then are put together in a simple “screwdriver” operation in the U.S., are not substantially transformed under the Customs Standard, and must be marked with a foreign country of origin. An “Assembled in U.S.” claim without further qualification is deceptive.
imac partsThat means that “Assembled in the USA” labels mean there’s some real work being performed somewhere in the United States, although it’s a mystery as to where that is, and what that entails or why.
As it turns out, this is not the first time the assembled-in-USA question has come up. There are several threads on the topic in the Apple support site dating back to 2006. The consensus seems to be that only units made to order — say, with an extra-high-capacity hard drive — get their final assembly in the States.
However we know that Shipping an iMac costs six times what it costs to ship an iPhone. If a worker at Foxconn in China is making $2.50 an hour compared to an average U.S. manufacturing wage of $19.15 (the difference is $16.65), so long as an iMac took 3.5 hours or so of labor to assemble, Apple would be breaking even by shifting manufacturing back to the U.S. based on the savings in shipping costs. It shows how plausible it is that, under current conditions, Apple might shift production of bigger products from China back home.

Would you be more likely to buy a new iMac, or any Apple product, if it was assembled/manufactured in the USA?

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