The worst job at the Mac factory.......

HLdan

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I hardly think they are testing each machine or even some of them. Think about how many millions of Macs that Apple sells, does the OP really think they boot up each machine before selling? NO. They are imaging the drives and shipping them out.
If that was the case there would be a much higher quality control at Apple.
 

Kronie

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Then they reinstall the OS on the hard drive? That video only plays once.
That video plays until you go past the welcome screen. You can turn on a new machine, watch the video, power down and restart and you get the same video again.

I would bet that the there is a QC tech that powers on every machine or maybe every other "X" amount of machines to verify that its not dead then powers it down. That's usually how its done in any factory that makes electronics. That way you don't get a run of 20,000 dead machines that you have to recall.
 

Kronie

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This is the key to this whole thread. So really you don't know do you, just assumptions? :rolleyes:
No I actually work at the factory. Its my job to verify that these Mac's all work. I hate my job. All I hear is that same loop over and over " do do to do do, do do to do do"
 

topmounter

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This is the key to this whole thread. So really you don't know do you, just assumptions? :rolleyes:
Well he did say "I bet" and not "I know".

However I would also bet that they verify some number of machines to make sure that they at least power on and post, if not boot the OS. A disgruntled employee could leave out some critical component and screw up a whole bunch of shipments before they had enough customer calls to determine they had a problem.


"Gee Bob these things sure are pretty, I wonder if they even work?"
 

zmttoxics

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I hear it around 30 times a week. I don't know, not too annoying, lets me know they booted up OK.
 

MacHamster68

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yeaa is that a actual picture of current production ,do they build the iMac G3 again ?
did apple get my message finally and
realised it was a big mistake to discontinue the iMac G3 , a dream would come true
 

nanofrog

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Who said they turn them on?
Nice. :D

Parts are "power tested" as the last stage of the manufacturing each part (PSU,...). This isn't done by Apple, as they don't actually manufacture the parts. Apple could (and should) do a power up of the combined hardware, then slap in an imaged drive. And the power testing lasts a couple of seconds. It's as bare minimum as you can get. It's nowhere near the 72 hr burn-in that used to accompany systems after assembly.

That was eliminated years ago to save money (less people, less warehousing space prior to packaging).
 

Techhie

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Nice. :D

Parts are "power tested" as the last stage of the manufacturing each part (PSU,...). This isn't done by Apple, as they don't actually manufacture the parts. Apple could (and should) do a power up of the combined hardware, then slap in an imaged drive. And the power testing lasts a couple of seconds. It's as bare minimum as you can get. It's nowhere near the 72 hr burn-in that used to accompany systems after assembly.

That was eliminated years ago to save money (less people, less warehousing space prior to packaging).
IIRC they actually do turn them on prior to shipment to make sure the parts (especially RAM) are installed properly. I was told that the Mac is force shut down as soon as the startup video appears.
 

nanofrog

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IIRC they actually do turn them on prior to shipment to make sure the parts (especially RAM) are installed properly. I was told that the Mac is force shut down as soon as the startup video appears.
This is the most I'd expect. A bit past checking if it POST's. It's still rather minimal though. Lots of room for defects to sneak through. Other vendors are just as guilty though, including the component makers (nothings thoroughly tested from top to bottom). That was usually left to random samples, but has dried up in the last decade for the most part. :(

QC has gone down hill, and it's reflected in the defect rates of many different products (commonly in the 10 - 13% range from what I'm seeing). Defect rates with proper QC can remain under 1%, so the difference is rather stark in contrast. But its occured in the effort to shave costs.
 

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