mbp 2011 lion obliqueLast week, it was revealed that Catcher Technology, Apple's primary unibody aluminum case supplier for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, had halted some production at its Chinese plant over pollution concerns. One report had indicated that Catcher was investing $2-3 million in addressing the issues, aiming to resume production sometime next month.

Reuters briefly reports, however, that Catcher has been able to move even more quickly, with full production set to resume by the end of this month.

Catcher Technology , a casing supplier for Apple Inc , said on Wednesday its China plant will be fully reopened at end of this month.

Catcher, which reportedly supplies about 60% of Apple's demand for notebook shells, had previously reported that the production halt would result in a 20% decrease in its October sales.

Related Roundup: MacBook Air
Buyer's Guide: MacBook Air (Caution)
Related Forums: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

Top Rated Comments

daxomni Avatar
131 months ago
Let's hope for a case redesign in the near future!
I was going to hope for a less polluted future, but I supposed a new case would be just as good.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shrink Avatar
131 months ago
Let's hope for a case redesign in the near future!
Serious question - what kind of re-design?

I think the current design of the MBP and MBA is great looking. How would you change them, beyond dropping the Optical Drive in the MBP to make it thinner? :confused:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PinkyMacGodess Avatar
129 months ago
LOL maybe it was oregano, and it smelled so much unlike soy sauce that they panicked. :p

Well, hopefully in the long run this leads towards better environmental protection. It's ridiculous if Apple sells an aluminum casing on being recyclable to Western customers, and meanwhile manufacturing that casing in the East is far worse environmentally than if the case were manufactured in a "clean" plant but could not be recycled.

It was one, or possibly two, things. It was either the coolant for the milling machines or what they use to clean the coolant off the finished parts.

Some of the coolant has a nasty odor and the cleaner/solvents they may be using can cause strong odors and nasty contamination.

I was a sub on an IT project at a manufacturer in central Michigan and noticed that everyone carried bottles of water in with them. Then I asked one of the techs and we said that it was because the water out of the tap is so contaminated, it's undrinkable. People also took their mugs home to wash because the water was so bad there. They were in a very rural area and since the plant had been there for 50/60 years, and they dumped coolants and solvents on the ground and routinely had leaks in their waste tanks, the ground water all around the plant was just nasty. They didn't seem concerned about it at all which, aside from the lackadaisical opinion on the leaking chemicals, I found very incredibly tragically disturbingly odd... It's almost like they would have gladly given up their health for a job. I found that stunning...:eek: I tipped the state off to the mess and they still, after 8+ years, to my knowledge, have not investigated at all which I found disgusting. They busted a guy for dumping his used motor oil in his backyard and sent him to jail, and won't investigate a corporation that has literally dumped poisons on the ground and is killing the town. Go figure... And what's that PR campaign for Michigan? "Pure Michigan"? If you don't mind the contaminated water...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mkrishnan Avatar
131 months ago
They discovered it was lunch.

LOL maybe it was oregano, and it smelled so much unlike soy sauce that they panicked. :p

Well, hopefully in the long run this leads towards better environmental protection. It's ridiculous if Apple sells an aluminum casing on being recyclable to Western customers, and meanwhile manufacturing that casing in the East is far worse environmentally than if the case were manufactured in a "clean" plant but could not be recycled.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Retrofire Avatar
131 months ago
Serious question - what kind of re-design?

Good question!

I think the current design of the MBP and MBA is great looking. How would you change them, beyond dropping the Optical Drive in the MBP to make it thinner? :confused:

No major redesign in 2012. It is too early. Or do you think Professionals are happy with a 256 GB (blade) SSD in a thinner 17" MBP?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mkrishnan Avatar
131 months ago
Anyone have details on what the pollution problems were, exactly?

Reports in Western media (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/factory-stench-shipment-delays/) were (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/10/factory-stench-shipment-delays/) simply that there was some kind of odor coming from the plant, and nearby residents complained, prompting the government to ask them to shut down and figure it out. So it could be that whatever was causing the problem was easier to identify / fix than anticipated? (It could also be a wide variety of things). It doesn't seem like it was shut down for a known pattern of ongoing environmental misbehavior, so whatever they did to fix it might not be a huge improvement on the plant's environmental vitae.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
macos catalina legacy system extension alert

Apple Begins Warning Users That 'Legacy System Extensions' Won't Work With a Future Version of macOS

Wednesday March 25, 2020 9:53 am PDT by
Apple has shared a new support document that indicates kernel extensions — which it calls "legacy system extensions" — will not be compatible with a future version of macOS because they "aren't as secure or reliable as modern alternatives."System extensions are a category of software that works in the background to extend the functionality of your Mac. Some apps install kernel extensions, which...
General Spotify Feature

Spotify Pauses Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to iOS App [Update: Spotify Clarifies]

Friday August 6, 2021 9:07 am PDT by
See update at bottom of article Spotify this week confirmed that its plans to add AirPlay 2 support to its iOS app have been placed on indefinite hiatus. In an online discussion forum post, a Spotify representative said the streaming music service had been working on supporting AirPlay 2, but the company has paused the efforts "for now" due to "audio driver compatibility issues." The...
apple privacy

Apple Publishes FAQ to Address Concerns About CSAM Detection and Messages Scanning

Monday August 9, 2021 1:50 am PDT by
Apple has published a FAQ titled "Expanded Protections for Children" which aims to allay users' privacy concerns about the new CSAM detection in iCloud Photos and communication safety for Messages features that the company announced last week. "Since we announced these features, many stakeholders including privacy organizations and child safety organizations have expressed their support of...
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
m1 macbook air

Kuo: Mini-LED MacBook Air Coming in Mid-2022

Thursday July 22, 2021 7:48 pm PDT by
Apple will release a new version of the MacBook Air around the middle of 2022, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in note to investors seen by MacRumors. The upcoming MacBook Air will feature a 13.3-inch mini-LED display, which would make it the second Mac to gain mini-LED technology after the 2021 MacBook Pro, which is rumored to include a mini-LED display and is expected to launch later ...
Apple Films Tom Hanks Finch First Look

Apple Original Film 'Finch' Starring Tom Hanks to Premiere November 5

Thursday August 12, 2021 8:52 am PDT by
Apple today announced that the original film "Finch," starring Tom Hanks in its titular role, will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 5 and shared a first-look image from the film. The first look at "Finch," shared by Apple. The film, which is anticipated to be an awards season contender, revolves around a man, a robot (played by "Get Out" actor Caleb Landry Jones), and a dog that form ...
whatsintheboxiphonexs

Apple's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Won't Ship With Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Wednesday September 12, 2018 12:58 pm PDT by
Since the headphone jack was removed from the iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 7, Apple has bundled iPhones with a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter for customers who continue to have 3.5mm headphones. With the launch of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, Apple is discontinuing this practice and will not include the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter. On the...
macbook air m1 first benchmark

Apple Silicon M1 Chip in MacBook Air Outperforms High-End 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Wednesday November 11, 2020 4:43 pm PST by
Apple introduced the first MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with M1 Apple Silicon chips yesterday, and as of today, the first benchmark of the new chip appears to be showing up on the Geekbench site. The M1 chip, which belongs to a MacBook Air with 8GB RAM, features a single-core score of 1687 and a multi-core score of 7433. According to the benchmark, the M1 has a 3.2GHz base...
iphone 13 teal with text

Apple Begins Preparation for iPhone 13 Production Ahead of Fall Launch

Monday June 28, 2021 3:29 am PDT by
We're just a few months away from when Apple is expected to reveal the 2021 iPhone, dubbed the "iPhone 13." In preparation for its launch, it has been pulling in shipments of different components needed to produce the new iPhones, according to a report from DigiTimes. In years past, Apple released its latest iPhone lineup, alongside a new Apple Watch, during a September event at Apple Park....