how are CTO macbook pros assembled? by hand or machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xjames, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. xjames macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    Anyone knows?

    I was wondering how macbook pros are assembled. Obviously it's machine-made up to a point. But what about hard drive options, memory options, screen options? Is there a guy putting on ram modules? A guy who after a grueling week is tired and sweaty and makes mistakes? lol

    still waiting for my CTO 15" i7 2.66GHz 8GB hi-rez anti-glare 500GB 7200rpm can't wait to fall in love with a new mac all over again to ship...
  2. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    I would assume that most CTO options are done right on the assembly line these days. Honestly, I'd be surprised if that wasn't the case.

    I was watching a video a few days ago showing one of Chrysler's car factories - they make chargers, 300s, and challengers on the same assembly line at the same time. While some things about those cars are somewhat similar, there's a lot that's different.

    With proper coordination I don't see why they couldn't throw other machines into the mix at Apple's production lines.

    As for manufacturing mistakes, I've never heard of someone slipping the wrong screen in a laptop before but I'm sure it happens. If you got a Friday build? That happens too.

    Reminds me of when the first iMac G4s came out, some had the Apple logo in weird places lol.
  3. Passenger88 macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I was wondering about this to for the Antiglare screens.
    I thought that they would make the Antiglare with a machine, but because of the waiting time I quess they do it manually.
  4. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    I read an article in one of my trade pubs that showed Apple's assembly process for the first gen Unibody MBP's. They showed a lot of hand fitting on the assembly line, although packaging and several other steps were automated.

    Apple....because Caucasians are just too damn tall.
  5. xjames thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    lol. I can imagine the guy opening the box, starring and thinking "wtf?"

    Interesting. Makes sense that some steps would be better done by a human... But maybe the customization process is mostly automated.. who knows.

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