U.S. built MBP Vs. China built!!!???

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  1. 92GTA macrumors newbie

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    I just went to order a MBP, (my company is Apple certified) and Apple now has a brand new P/N (I don't want to post it yet, NOTHING shows on google or their site) that is listed as "TRADE COMP" and has the exact same price. I called and they said that the new P/N was for a U.S. built MBP and the old/current P/N was for the China built MBP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyone have details on this? This purchase is actually for myself. The new P/N starts with a "K" not an "M" and they are not shipping as of today but will be!!! A Google and search of Apple.com reveal not a SINGLE hit as of this post. *Note* this new P/N is NOT the "D" revision, it's something totally different but specs and cost are EXACTLY the same!

    Anyone? Bueler? Is it possible they changed OEM's to ensure better quality because of the issues they were having?

    EDIT: Can a MOD please change MPB to MBP in the topic title, thanks lol.
     
  2. caveman_uk Guest

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    I would be surprised as Apple uses Taiwanese companies like quanta and asus to make it's notebooks. I haven't heard of Apple making any of it computers outside of the far east for quite some time - except the Powermacs which are 'assembled' in the west (Ireland or the US depending on market).

    To be honest there's nothing special about manufacturing in the west. If your QC is rubbish you can build crappy computers anywhere-the US, Europe or China - all can build utter tat given the chance. Irrrational dislike of Chinese stuff is just being xenophobic.
     
  3. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe it's a separate CKD order for government customers that don't allow foreign sourcing? Just speculating. It may be that Apple has changed contract manufacturers regarding the quality issues. Or maybe QC is now being done stateside, before units are packaged and shipped, to catch defects that weren't being caught at the factory.

    I've never heard of a 'K' part number. Have there ever been any new Macs without an 'M' P/N? (I know refurbed machines have an 'F' P/N.)

    FWIW, I have a 12" PowerBook, from China, with excellent fit-and-finish and reliability.
     
  4. grabberslasher macrumors 6502

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    Possibly they're manufacturing MBPs at the Sacramento plant now as well as Shanghai? That could be the answer.
     
  5. 92GTA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No it's definantly not government. Here is the product description for the current MBP and the description for the new one below it:

    MA464LL/A - Apple MacBook Pro - Core Duo 2 GHz - RAM 1 GB - HD 100 GB - 583 Available $2,248.85
    KA46*LL/A - MACBOOK PRO CD/2.0 1GB 100GB 15IN OSX TRADE COMP - Check ETA $2,248.85

    MA463LL/A - Apple MacBook Pro - Core Duo 1.83 GHz - RAM 512 MB - HD 80 GB - 820 Available $1,798.88
    KA46*LL/A - MACBOOK PRO CD/1.83 512M 80GB 15IN OSX TRADE COMP - Check ETA $1,798.88

    Just for the record, I have nothing against products made in the far east.
     
  6. caveman_uk Guest

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    The specs for 'the new one' are for the base model and the 'current' one is the model above. They're different specs. There's nothing unusual in the specs.

    Besides both quanta and asus are very well respected OEMs in Taiwan. They are not 2 cent fly-by-night operations. I seriously doubt a US company could do much better.
     
  7. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    My MBP shipped from China, and my friend's Intel iMac did as well.
     
  8. 92GTA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ??? They look the same too me? Maybe you are reading my post wrong? The top 2 are the 2.0 model, the bottom 2 are the 1.83. Of each model, the top is the old P/N and the bottom is the new....

    EDIT: I added P/N's to my original post to make it more readable for you.
     
  9. Icedog macrumors member

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    Could it have something to do with this?

    http://thinksecret.com/news/0603briefly3.html

     
  10. 92GTA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm, I don't think so. They were very specific in saying that it was because they were U.S. built models. I don't see how that would effect serial #'s.

    I'm positve that it has to do with quality in some way because I can't imagine it being cheaper for them to simply begin making them here. I mean even if they were built abroad and QC'd here, they still can't just say they were built here. Maybe Intel has something to do with it?
     
  11. generik macrumors 601

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    Can someone buy one of these K models and see if it says made in the US of A? :rolleyes:
     
  12. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    your logic is flawed. they wouldn't price them different their margins would just be less in theory. Apple wouldn't compete with themselves to make less money from themselves. what quality difference could there be? They are assembled with the same parts which are made in Asia, so you basically judging on how well people can use a screw driver between the US and China. I assume the plants use some type of quality standard like ISO 9001 to assure quality.
     
  13. generik macrumors 601

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    Surely the Americans are more talented at welding screwdrivers? :rolleyes:
     
  14. toothpaste macrumors 6502

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    Does it really matter where the laptop was assembled?
     
  15. bah-bah'd macrumors regular

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    Don't you mean Chinophobic?
     
  16. sk1985 macrumors regular

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    Actually it does. At least to me. I try to buy American made goods as much as possible. I have nothing against the orient, but I'd buy an American made product over ANY foreign made product.
     
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    Me to; except for cars, knives, porcelain, lacquer-ware, power tools, suits, shoes, home applianaces and cheese...

    I stopped buying american when I realized most american companies are capitalist opprotunists who really don't care who makes the sub-par crap you buy just because it is 5-15% less than what is sitting next to it on the shelf. I buy American when I want something disposable.
     
  19. jefhatfield Retired

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    lmao

    we here in america can use a screw driver better than anybodys out theres

    and the rest of this world can go to hell...as i pull out my flag and assualt rifle ;)
     
  20. jefhatfield Retired

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    oh, it does...and what do you know about computer manufacturing??

    maybe you just don't like "orientals"
     
  21. jefhatfield Retired

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    it could be that they don't like china because

    ...they are communist

    and

    they plan to take over apple inc and use it as a staging ground for the invasion of america

    maybe the chinese macs are spying on the good ole usa

    i am scared, those commies are back...oh noooo!
     
  22. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    ahhhhhhh noooo anything but the assualt rifle! :eek:
     
  23. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Because the american cars are so much more reliable than Hondas and Toyotas :rolleyes:
     
  24. generik macrumors 601

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    I know BS when I read it :D

    Ford cars reliable?! Cats chase after dogs! Felons put police behind bars! Women date men! Curry tastes sweet!
     
  25. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    I would all but stake my life on Apple NOT manufacturing in the US.
     

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