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Apple to Move Mac mini Production to U.S.

DigiTimes reports that contrary to the early speculation, it will be the Mac mini, not the Mac Pro, that will be shifted to U.S. production.
Apple is reportedly set to move its Mac mini production lines back to the US with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to be responsible of handling establishment, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
According to the report, Foxconn already has "about 15 operating bases" in the U.S. and the company plans on recruiting workers for 2013 for new automated production lines. The Mac mini is expected to reach 1.8 million sales units in 2013, up from 1.4 million units in 2012.

During a recent interview with NBC's Brian Williams, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the United States next year. Early speculation had suggested the Mac Pro might be that Mac model due to its relatively low volume of sales.

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21 months ago
Queue the wailing about the Mac Pro being dead in 3... 2... 1...
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago
Twist: The 2013 Mac mini actually is the new Mac for professionals promised by Tim Cook.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago

And quality will go way down.


You couldn't be more incorrect in your assumption :)

Perhaps it is that you are just unaware of the conditions in these foreign factories.

Just because something was 'imported' doesn't mean it possesses some innate quality unrivaled by any of its domestic counterparts. This stereotype needs to die, and you should be ashamed of yourself not having any respect for our country.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago

Good move, Apple! They really should play up the Made in the USA angle in their advertising.


Well, they could in the USA. The rest of the world doesn't care.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago

I don't think the Mac Pro fits into Apple's portfolio anymore. A separate heavy bulky computer, made by reusable parts, with an external screen?

No, they prefer a computer to have all things integrated, not just for aesthetics and simplicity, but you also need to buy new very often, and throw the old away --> Apple profit.

I don't think the Mac Pro returns in its current form. And yes, it's rather absurd of them to disregard the professional market so long, and overcharging for horribly outdated hardware.

I am damn tired of hearing of iPhones and iPads. Need to get solid alternatives for serious computing back.


I bet if Apple does introduce an updated Mac Pro, it will be glued shut.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 months ago
...but made by Foxconn.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 months ago
The new Mac Mini is actually pretty friendly to take apart and upgrade so it should come as no shock that it would be simple to assemble in the USA (not so small that it's hard to work on and not so complex that it takes a lot of skilled worker time at low wages to produce profitably).

As for the Mac Pro, I'll believe that they're going to update it when I see it. They've shown a total callous disregard for the professional market in general these past few years and never once even lowered the price of the Mac Pro even when its was HORRIBLY out of date. Apple sometimes seems to lose all touch with reality. Why even bother if that's the best they're going to do? So what if they update it to modern specs one more time? We won't likely see another update for another 4-5 years....
Rating: 9 Votes
21 months ago

...but made by Foxconn.


So? This doesn't contradict a word of what Cook mentioned.


An interesting question, though: Will the Mini eventually replace the Mac Pro? A server-grade Mini, same name, but new product, with thunderbolt expansion bays? I dunno, just brain-vomit at this point, but an interesting thought, nonetheless.



irmongoose
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago

the company plans on recruiting workers for 2013 for new automated production lines

Am I the only one that chuckled at the irony of that sentence?
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago
Good for Apple. Probably bad for AAPL.
Rating: 7 Votes

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