Different quality in different countries

caspergirl

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hi there! I have a "silly" question and I thought that someone may have an answer for that. Is there any case that Apple may sell higher quality goods in "more important" markets than in "developing" markets?

I mean if I buy a MacBook Pro from the UK or USA is there any chance that this product will be of better quality than one that is sold in a "small" market like Greece, or Africa or Asia etc? For example they have 2 brands of screens lg and Samsung. I feel Samsung is slightly better than lg. is there any chance that they distribute the USA/UK models with Samsung screens partly because of the consumer rights laws etc?
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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They are all produced in China, by the same few companies, so no.

In all cases where there are differences, it is caused by local laws or technical limitations.
 
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New_Mac_Smell

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You are right this is a silly question.

The only difference is in aftercare, some countries don't have dedicated Apple stores. Different countries have different warranty laws. All components are tested to the same QC and tolerances, whether it be LG, Samsung, Sharp, or whoever.
 

Brookzy

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There are material differences between MacBooks sold in different countries but not which affect performance.

For example the keyboard layouts, regulatory etchings on the underside panel, and accessories all vary by country.

From a practical perspective, with a production line as complicated as a MacBook's, one particular unit won't even have a national identity until its keyboard and rear plate are assembled, which won't happen until the final stages of production anyway!
 
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caspergirl

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Just out of curiosity, how apple chooses what screen will put in a amcbook pro? (I mean Samsung vs lg)
 

Brookzy

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Just out of curiosity, how apple chooses what screen will put in a amcbook pro? (I mean Samsung vs lg)
It's just completely random. It might change over time if suppliers' prices fluctuate or availability changes but there is no way to predict it.

To be clear, probably every single component in the MacBook Pro will come from multiple different suppliers, not just the screen. Because it reduces risk. If something major happens, e.g. an earthquake or an industrial strike or a power cut, which stops supply of a component from one supplier, Apple can't just stop making MacBooks, it would be a disaster for their business! So everything from the screws, to the glue, to the flash storage, to the trackpad, will all come from multiple different suppliers.
 

SteveJUAE

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hi there! I have a "silly" question and I thought that someone may have an answer for that. Is there any case that Apple may sell higher quality goods in "more important" markets than in "developing" markets?

I mean if I buy a MacBook Pro from the UK or USA is there any chance that this product will be of better quality than one that is sold in a "small" market like Greece, or Africa or Asia etc? For example they have 2 brands of screens lg and Samsung. I feel Samsung is slightly better than lg. is there any chance that they distribute the USA/UK models with Samsung screens partly because of the consumer rights laws etc?
I understand where your coming from as many consumer goods of identical model numbers are often manufactured at different plants in different countries

Often ones manufactured (assembled) in Japan carried a slightly higher retail price than some made elsewhere

Personally I never subscribed to this line of reasoning of one being better than the other with premium brands as generally the design and components should be the same quality and only labour rates being the real difference

However with Apple there is no way to distinguish supply parts easily and assembly is in one country
 

caspergirl

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You know I had that silly thought that for example in Greece that we don't have official apple and at the same time the waiting time for a BTO model is almost 2 months the production line is different in the sense that they don't really care for this market (otherwise we would have official apple here). Given that I have educational discount from the UK I tried to think about details in order to decide between the two countries (almost similar price - entitled for educational discount on both countries) but in Greece I can pay with interest free installments
 
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