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I thought Apple was a California based company? I thought Macs are assembled and sent from California? So I ordered a 17" MBP the other day and Im looking at my FedEX Tracker and my MBP is coming from Shanghai, China. What's that about? I'm concerned now. Im paying all this money for the best there is in computing and I have a feeling that my Mac is being pieced together with parts from China. I'm sorry but any product I had assembled there always broke down. If I wanted a computer put together from China than I would of bought a PC.
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You're kidding, right? Apple makes nothing here. It's all "Designed in California, made in China" as are most consumer electronics today from any company. Aside from "boutique" manufacturers, I think Dell was the last manufacturer to even assemble PCs here - they just shut down their last assembly plant a few weeks ago.

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We covered this recently in 1-2 threads last week!

I'm not really sure why this is "new news" to anyone...this Apple "corporate structure" has been in place for quite a while!

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So I ordered a 17" MBP the other day and Im looking at my FedEX Tracker and my MBP is coming from Shanghai, China. What's that about?
If this REALLY bothers you...then cancel your order...problem solved!

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p.s. BTW...your avatar says that you have an 8-Core Mac Pro...did you think this was "Made in the USA" as well??

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Apple is an American based company. They manufacture computers in China.

Hate to tell you, but a lot of your "American" products are made outside or parts were sourced outside this country.
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Wow! Sorry! Didn't think that was a bad question. When I decided to buy an Apple product all I heard was its California based and the reason they are expensive because the design and parts are all made here. So I figured Ok that makes sense as to the price tags on these products. No big deal I can afford it. I like having a well made product.
So to answer your question PIGOO3, Yes! I DID THINK IT WAS MADE IN THE US!!!
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For anyone who still thinks Apple Computers are made in the USA...here are a couple links to bring you "up to speed":

Here's a 2003 article indicating that Apple would be producing iMacs in Shanghai, China:

AppleInsider: Quanta to Produce New iMacs as Apple Restructures Overseas Shipping

A 2004 article regarding Apple closing it's US based iMac manufacturing plant:

Apple Computer Closes Elk Grove, Calif., Plant.

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Wow! Sorry! Didn't think that was a bad question. When I decided to buy an Apple product all I heard was its California based and the reason they are expensive because the design and parts are all made here. So I figured Ok that makes sense as to the price tags on these products. No big deal I can afford it. I like having a well made product.
So to answer your question PIGOO3, Yes! I DID THINK IT WAS MADE IN THE US!!!
Just because it's made in China doesn't mean it's poor quality. Apple makes sure its manufacturers follow its strict production guidelines. So you're still getting a high quality product.


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Just because it's made in China doesn't mean it's poor quality. Apple makes sure its manufacturers follow its strict production guidelines. So you're still getting a high quality product.
Great point Kash!!!


"Tracks83"...the majority of United States companies that have products manufactured overseas have strict production & quality parameters! These parameters (in many cases) are just as strict as they would be if the products were made in the United States.

The only reason why "build quality" or "product quality" would decrease is if Apple actually made a decision to reduce the quality of the materials used or reduced or widened the manufacturing specifications for products.

A very very good product can be made anywhere in the world...and vice versa...a very very bad product can be made anywhere in the world as well!

What determines quality is what materials the "parent company" decides to use in it's products...and how tight the manufacturing tolerances are.

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I have been working in the electronics industry for a long time you would be surprised
at the percentage of products made in china and assembled their also very few things
are actually made in the U.S.A. and even fewer with all American parts.
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I have been working in the electronics industry for a long time you would be surprised
at the percentage of products made in china and assembled their also very few things
are actually made in the U.S.A. and even fewer with all American parts.

No! We would not!! China manufacturing plant of the world and India the IT leaders.
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No! We would not!! China manufacturing plant of the world and India the IT leaders.
The vast majority of Americans would though.

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I know that some buses are made here if that tells you anything!

Don't worry Tracks83, a couple of days ago I thought you were right! You're not alone.

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Even American cars aren't 100% American built. Parts are made from all over the world and just put together in plants, some of which may not even be in the United States (take a look at the list of Ford factories, not many in the US)


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I believe you can get a 100% refund from Apple since your new uMBP has failed to meet your quality standards. Just make sure you don't open the box. If you open the box I believe there is a 10% restock charge so it would be best to just call and arrange the return as soon as it arrives.

You might want to do a little bit of research as the the country of origin before ordering whatever PC you decide on. If you want want something assembled in the USA I think your are going to be SOL. Dell used to assemble desktops here but moved that off shore years ago. I think everything you find is going to assembled in Asia whether it be Malaysia or China. Be aware that they all use basically the same components. Many, if not most, of those components are going to manufactured in China.

I don't think you will be successful in avoiding China totally. Maybe if you were building a desktop it might be done but not buying a notebook.
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Even if he were building a desktop, none of the components needed are American made. Motherboard, processor, hard drive, memory, it's all built in some Asian country. You simply cannot buy all American electronics anymore.


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