Some Macs to be made in America

The AP: "Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year."

Good for them! My money is on the Mac Pro, where sticker price doesn't matter to the customers and Apple can preserve its margins.


  1. Given Apple’s margins, they could spend a LOT more money building their computers and still come out ahead.

  2. “the Mac Pro, where sticker price doesn’t matter to the customers and Apple”

    the Mac Pro, … doesn’t matter to … Apple

    Fixed it for you.

    1. It still makes sense to build those domestically. It can’t be cheap to ship a gigantic, unwieldy monolith of superdense metals half way around the world.

      (I guess theoretically they could take advantage of some of the 21st century technologies they helped pioneer and actually make a tower that didn’t fit that description, but whatev.)

      1. Shipping via ocean container is the cheapest method of shipping, especially in bulk. The overland shipping once it gets to the States is probably much more expensive than the trans-Pacific leg of the journey.

        1. I know, I know. I really just want a mac that’s more powerful and expandable than a laptop yet requires less space than a photocopier, so I’ll take any made-up excuse I can get.

          It’s insane that it’s 2012 and the “professional” line of computers being sold by Apple are bulkier and heavier than most of the PCs sold in the 1980s. You can build a laptop thin enough to cut vegetables and you can’t make a tower that weighs less than a Buick? Come on!

          1. I wish the Mac Mini was a bit larger – large enough to fit discrete (upgradeable) graphics card, and non-laptop memory & HDs. I guess the move to SDDs negates the desire for 3.5″ HD compatability now, but I’d definitely prefer to be able to upgrade the graphics in a Mac Mini, and use non-SODIMM memory modules. Also the lack of Blu-Ray option is irritating. It’s also so small that the only thing they now allow you to upgrade yourself is the memory. Gimme some method of upgrading the SDDs, please. It didn’t need to be as small as it is to qualify as the ‘headless’ Mac everyone wanted. It’s also limited in the CPUs it can use due to size/cooling issues. *shrug*

          2. Yeah, a “split the difference” approach is what I really want. The power/expandability of a Mac Pro (including optical drives) in a form factor that’s a little closer to the size of a Mac Mini.

            That, or just design a freakin’ motherboard that can swap out CPUs when more powerful ones become available. I realize that idea goes against the profit model of computer manufacturers but it would be a helluva lot more environmentally responsible.

          3. I’ve been talking about the bluray thingie with a client not an hour ago. They aren’t interested in shelling it with the comps: the only use a bluray has at this moment is the playback of movies, and they want you to rent/buy your HD entertainment in iTunes.

          4. @rausantaella:disqus  I understand why they’d have that approach for consumer-level computers, but the Mac Pro line is what content producers depend on. I work at a digital media studio and it’s annoying that we can’t even view, let alone burn, a Blu-Ray disc from any of our Mac Pro workstations.

          5.  It doesn’t even really make sense for their consumer-level computers. Lots of movies aren’t available from iTunes. The thing about Apple is, no matter what you’re talking about, Apple is only interested in letting you buy what they have for sale, not in making sure they have what you want to buy available. The Mac Mini could have been a great HTPC, but it’s intentionally crippled from being such.

          6. Maybe just maybe the price of Thunderbolt expansion chassises will become reasonable. (They finally do exist. And yes, they are fast enough.)

  3. They already started, actually. The new iMac is made here in Sacramento (well, Elk Grove, actually) where the Laguna plant has been cranking up production for the past few months, and where the operations have started shifted back to the manufacturing that the plant was designed for 15 years ago. In fact, they’ve even been calling old Apple assemblers still in the area and offering them jobs.

    1. Sweet! Now I can get them to make me a new Mac SE to replace my old one…

      I hope they still have their really long allen wrenches…

      1. As it turns out, my super-long Torx T-15 (don’t use an Allen, it’ll strip) screwdriver used on old Macs has been brought out of retirement in the repair of my dishwasher. Never get rid of tools!

  4. What defines made? Even though i build my own PC does not make it made in Canada, every single piece of copper and plastic came from china/tiawon

  5. I don’t know that this isn’t good news.

    Mind you, I’ll bet the assembly skills are a little rusty.  And they’ll have to add a gas tank, so it can explode.  Or some tyres, so they can pop at high processor speeds.  And automated central control.

    Nah – I’m just being funny.  This is good news, sounds nice, and makes sense – localising production because long-term oil prices are at $90 per barrell, the FoxConn issue has attracted bad publicity, and so on.

  6. First we get the GE water heater industry back and now some computers!  What glorious industries will be outsourced here next?

  7. read the interview with Mr Rice in which he blames the US educational system for not turning out the same high quality of skilled laborers as they have at Foxconn in China  – he’s like the Mitt Romney of computing

  8. It would be more accurate to say that the final assembly will be in the US; the chips, display, and so forth will be manufactured overseas, I’m sure.

  9. I’m pretty sure this has more to do with Foxconn wanting to get into the US Political market than the US Employment market. It’s worth losing a little margin on a few product lines to gain the ability to spend freely to change US laws…

    Barring a serious spike in energy costs (which won’t happen outside of a carbon tax, which wont’ happen period) US wages still have a ways to fall before it becomes an attractive place to bring a serious number of manufacturing jobs.

    When an American company competes with a Chinese company on manufacturing, the Chinese company employs 100s of workers for each worker employed by the American firm. Manufacturing in the US is nearly 100% automated, with a very small number of extremely specialized positions maintaining the equipment.

    Non-technical manufacturing jobs are basically gone, and we should hope this country doesn’t become poor enough to see them return.

  10. You should take a look at the total numbers of those jobs… What you’re looking at there is known, in technical terms, as a Dead Cat Bounce…

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