iMac assembled in China?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by montycat, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. montycat macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2007
    Hi all, I am looking forward to getting my first Apple computer. I thought they were made here in California. A friend told me that they were made in China. I'm just curious about this. MC
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Designed in California, some parts made all over the place, assembled in China. Also Ireland too.
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    I miss those california made Macs. Apples quality has gone downhill since the China move.
  4. waltchan macrumors member

    May 6, 2005
    I bought my REV B iMac G5 on May 2005, and it was assembled in USA. I think this was the last US-made iMac. I haven't seen a US-made iMac anymore. But I already sold it and no longer have it.
  5. bleufire macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2007
    My new iMac just got shipped from Shanghai yesterday! :D
  6. KhaKha macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2007
    US-made is not affordable anymore ,
    but China cost us trouble in their quality control....:mad:
  7. icecone macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    They're made in China.
    It shouldn't be a problem as many products are made in china now, but the apple's quality control is really really poor:mad:
  8. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Don't worry, everyone knows asian cars are better than american, why would computers be any different?

  9. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    What quality control? :D

    Back in the days I read somewhere that macs where tested like 48 hours or something where PCs where tested for .. uhm.. shorter time ;D, and that that was the reason macs where more reliable. I guess those days are gone.
  10. headhammer macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    from where are you drawing the basis of this statement?

    i work at the store for the apple reseller in australia that gets more ipods returned to it than any other single location anywhere in australia. this means that we get ipods back from sales that were made from other stores in our company, and other companies altogether.

    the total of what we get back is less than 2% of the ipods that we sell.

    not bad for product made by a company whose quality control is really poor.

    i know that i'm just talking ipods in this example, but we also sell their computers, and there is no evidence to suggest anything other than you having had a bad experience.
    so move on. :cool:

    back on topic, yes, they are assembled in china.
    but they're designed very carefully and with great effort in california, by people of all nationalities. which is why they're so great.
  11. rainydays macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2006
    Pretty much any consumer electronics company today have poor quality control. It's sad but true. And I don't think it will get much better.
    Perhaps if the advancement of technology finally slows down soon they will be able to focus on other things.

    It would be interesting to compare failure rates between computer manufacturers. I don't think Apple is anywhere near the worst one, but they are certainly not the best. Especially since they don't "play safe" in their hardware design.
  12. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    #12 ever seen chinese car crash test results? :eek:
  13. icecone macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Where the products are made doesn't really matter.
    IBM's thinkpads are made in China, and they're considered best built. (I've one and I've encountered no problems except of course, the operating system, for 3 years)
    So why do macbook (pro)s have so many problems? lid, keyboard keys, screens....etc
    At a 50% defect rate
    Only because no one is monitoring them.
    Just imagine if apple checks all(or 10%) their products because they are sold, will this occur?
  14. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Uhm? Doesn't they use bikes? :D

    I meant japanese, I know macs aren't japanese, because if they where they would rule, that's why I said asian ;D
  15. vendettabass macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Made in China, designed by team led by Brit (in California)

  16. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    exactly where do you get this number from?
  17. icecone macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
  18. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  19. icecone macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Perhaps some people just come to Macrumors because of the defects
    But it can still be used as a reference
    (sorry for referring to mb(p) in iMac forum)
  20. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    those are not accurate by any stretch of the imagination, its an anecdotal poll on a mac forum, which has been well established to have mostly people who are unhappy as opposed to happy.

    why don't you go out, do some real research, and come back when you are done pulling stuff out of your butt.
  21. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    look at my signature, Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China.
  22. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    My Rev B was built in Shanghai for what it's worth... my iBook G4 (and the iBook G4 has probably the most solid quality reputation for an Apple computer made since the G3 era) was made in Taiwan.

    It's important too to differentiate manufacturing flaws (e.g. the thermal paste debacle) from design flaws. It doesn't matter who you give the bandy or the speckled MBP displays to -- they're still going to be banded or speckled. They'll still be banded or speckled if you pay a team of neurosurgeons $500 an hour to assemble your Mac.
  23. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    I have no real issue with any of the Apple products I've had in terms of build quality. Since I switched, I've had experience of the following (all assembled in China):

    • iBook G3*
    • iBook G4
    • PowerBook G4 Titanium
    • PowerBook G4 Aluminium*
    • PowerMac G4 Digital Audio
    • PowerMac G4 MDD
    • PowerMac G5 Dual Core 2.0
    • PowerMac G5 Dual 2.7
    • PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5
    • Mac Pro 2.66
    • MacBook Pro 15" C2D 2.16*
    • Mac mini G4 (three of them)
    • Mac mini Core Solo*
    • Mac mini Core Duo

    I've only owned four of the above (marked *), but the others, I've had regular (as in working with all the time, almost daily each week for the last few years) contact with. Only one has had serious issues that weren't my or a friends' fault. The G5 DC 2.0 had processor issues. But that's nowt to do with where it was built - the processor was boned.
  24. elfjuice macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2008
    St Louis, MO
    Sorry to raise an old thread from the dead, but is Apple currently assembling the iMacs in California?

    I recently ordered a new 24" iMac with an upgraded hard drive and the FedEx tracker shows it leaving from Sacramento.

    Anyone with an educated guess? :confused:
  25. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Besides the possibility that it was assembled there, it's also fairly likely that it's just a depot where common configurations are stockpiled (having been made in China), and yours happened to be common enough that they could fulfill it most quickly and cheaply from that site. Definitely run the coconut utility on it to find out, and report back, though!

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