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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Speculation Targets Mac Pro as First "Made in USA" Mac Product




During his interview with Brian Williams, Tim Cook revealed that Apple is planning on bringing some of its*Mac production back to the United States. Cook did not reveal which of the Mac lines would be part of the $100 million investment, but speculation has named the*Mac Pro as the likely suspect.

Fortune has rounded up all of the current thoughts on why the Mac Pro is the only viable candidate:
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-A $100 million factory, Dan Luria, a labor economist at Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center told Bloomberg, employs about 200 people and produces about 1 million units per year

-Last year, Apple sold 18 million Macs, including 13.5 million MacBooks and 4.6 million desktops (iMacs, minis and Mac Pros). Only the Mac Pro and mini sell fewer than 1 million per year, and the Mac Pro is considerably heavier and more expensive to ship

-Apple, through a spokesperson and through Tim Cook himself, has already indicated that it will be producing a new Mac Pro in 2013

-Any extra labor costs associated with manufacturing in the U.S. can be more easily absorbed by a $2,500-$3,800 Mac Pro than by a MacBook or an iMac that sell for $1,000 to $1,300.

-Mac Pros are easier to build and customize than any other Apple product
Earlier this year, after a minor update to the Mac Pro was announced at WWDC, Tim Cook confirmed to a fan that new Mac Pros were coming in 2013, which was later reiterated by an Apple spokesman. The 2013 Mac Pro could be the first to carry the "Made in the USA" label, if current speculation is correct.

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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:44 PM   #2
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Weren't iMacs already being built in the USA?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:48 PM   #4
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Yay!

Does this mean that they are going to update it?
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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Weren't iMacs already being built in the USA?
That's what I thought.
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Now the million dollar question, when?
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That's what I thought.
I think some of them were assembled in the USA but not the entire iMac line. I believe this will be the first Mac line that is completely assembled in the USA.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:50 PM   #9
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Think it'll have no optical drive, proprietary SSD, a mobile CPU, and soldered in RAM?
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I think some of them were assembled in the USA but not the entire iMac line. I believe this will be the first Mac line that is completely assembled in the USA.
Ah ok, that makes sense.
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We can only hope the mac pro is updated soon; I built a hackintosh since a new iMac just won't float my boat and the current mac pro is too slow. Let's hope others can benefit from a modern pro machine from apple.
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As long as they make it...
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:51 PM   #13
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It makes sense, it's the easiest one to build and also the one they sell the least every year. Perfect product to test a new process
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Does this mean that they are going to update it?
This means that they aren't going to update it until the plants are finished.
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It makes sense, it's the easiest one to build and also the one they sell the least every year. Perfect product to test a new process
Yep. I even stated to my wife yesterday (before this news), that I bet it would be the Mac Pro that they built stateside first, due to it having a higher margin, thus more ability to absorb higher production costs.

Can't wait to see what the new Mac Pro is like come mid 2013! I want one!
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 08:54 PM   #16
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"-Mac Pros are easier to build and customize than any other Apple product"

Giving Americans the easy job, eh? Racist!
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 09:00 PM   #17
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Guess they found a way to make the Mac Pro 100% with robots. The 200 jobs that are being created are for robot technicians.
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Yeah, Apple! Manufacturer your most least-selling product in the same country that your HQ is located in! Entirely ethical.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 09:02 PM   #19
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Macs used to be produced in the United States, so the rumored Mac Pro would hardly be the first. My original Macintosh and Mac II both say they're made in the United States, and there used to be plants in California and Oregon which made them back in the late 80's, early 90's.
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Good stuff. Not only is the Mac Pro line staying alive, it is being made in 'Merica!
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We can only hope the mac pro is updated soon; I built a hackintosh since a new iMac just won't float my boat and the current mac pro is too slow. Let's hope others can benefit from a modern pro machine from apple.
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Old Dec 9, 2012, 09:06 PM   #23
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It is hard to define what is "Assembled in the US and what is "Made in the US". Lots of people buy boxes of Chines parts and stuff them into a case, assembling their own computer on the kitchen table.

What percentage of the parts have to be made in the US for the whole product to be considered to have been made in the US?

Making a relatively few Mac Pros from imported parts would be easy, making millions of iPhones a day is a different deal.
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Yeah, Apple! Manufacturer your most least-selling product in the same country that your HQ is located in! Entirely ethical.
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Neither apple's Tim Cook or anyone at Apple has ever said there would be a new Mac Pro in 2013. It was like"something really special for the pro users later in 2013".

That could mean an Apple coffee blend! Just kidding.


Waiting patiently for "something special".
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