Apple to Move Mac mini Production to U.S.

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DigiTimes reports that contrary to the early speculation, it will be the Mac mini, not the Mac Pro, that will be shifted to U.S. production.
    According to the report, Foxconn already has "about 15 operating bases" in the U.S. and the company plans on recruiting workers for 2013 for new automated production lines. The Mac mini is expected to reach 1.8 million sales units in 2013, up from 1.4 million units in 2012.

    During a recent interview with NBC's Brian Williams, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Early speculation had suggested the Mac Pro might be that Mac model due to its relatively low volume of sales.

    Article Link: Apple to Move Mac mini Production to U.S.
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    So the Mac mini has the highest margin of all Apple products. ;)
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    Price Hike ?

    Good to hear we're making Mac's but i feel like now the price is going to go up
  5. macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    So? This doesn't contradict a word of what Cook mentioned.

    An interesting question, though: Will the Mini eventually replace the Mac Pro? A server-grade Mini, same name, but new product, with thunderbolt expansion bays? I dunno, just brain-vomit at this point, but an interesting thought, nonetheless.

  6. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Now that I know, in retrospect, it seems you don't want to move the lowest volume product to the US, you want the one that can use the most automation. Many time s avery low volume product must be hand made because it does not pay to create the high level of automation. The "Mini" is a higher volume product but it is also simple enough that robots can make it.
  7. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
  8. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good deal. They have to start somewhere. Hopefully it is a successful program and more devices are manufactured here in the future.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2004
    Hmm.. Counter intuitive. The Mac Pro was the obvious choice. Just goes to show that I should be running Apple instead of Tim. :)
  10. macrumors 65816

    Nov 30, 2010
    You think a robot can make a Mac Mini by itself? Then you have no idea what goes into the making of a computer or what robots can do and what humans can do.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010

    Good move, Apple! They really should play up the Made in the USA angle in their advertising.
  12. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Twist: The 2013 Mac mini actually is the new Mac for professionals promised by Tim Cook.
  13. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    It seems to me such a move would backfire. People would wonder why Apple makes 90% (just an estimate I came up with just now) of their computers overseas - you can't advertise Made in the USA when one of your relatively uncommon lines (of five) are made in the US and the other 4 (including several more popular lines) are made overseas.
  14. JS3
    macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
    Surprised apple is still making Mac mini. Wouldn't the price go down if it was made here?
  15. macrumors 601


    Jun 18, 2007
    The new Mac Mini is actually pretty friendly to take apart and upgrade so it should come as no shock that it would be simple to assemble in the USA (not so small that it's hard to work on and not so complex that it takes a lot of skilled worker time at low wages to produce profitably).

    As for the Mac Pro, I'll believe that they're going to update it when I see it. They've shown a total callous disregard for the professional market in general these past few years and never once even lowered the price of the Mac Pro even when its was HORRIBLY out of date. Apple sometimes seems to lose all touch with reality. Why even bother if that's the best they're going to do? So what if they update it to modern specs one more time? We won't likely see another update for another 4-5 years....
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    May be they should have started from the lightning adapter
  17. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    I get the Mac Pro isn't a big seller and maybe too much. But cut the chassis in half, call it the Mac and offer at least one PCIE slot with lots of external expansion ports with dual Ethernet. Knock off $500 off the price and I bet it'll sell more units.
  18. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Queue the wailing about the Mac Pro being dead in 3... 2... 1...
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2008

    That's unexpected, most of us assuming the Mac Pro is the #1 candidate for this. I guess Apple will be abandoning the Mac Pros from now on and focus on MacMini Pro made in the USA.
  20. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
    Production in the US is great! It lets our engineers monitor production. That's how a lot of inventions were thought of.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    Well, Tim did say 2013*, so hopefully with the next server chip refresh?

  22. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    And quality will go way down.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
  24. macrumors 6502

    Rustus Maximus

    Jan 15, 2003
    Wait, wait, wait...there's a Mac PRO??
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2011
    This is welcome news, a small step but a positive one.

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