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Made in the USA

May 17, 2013 - Dave Hecei

made-in-the-usaBeing made in the USA is a point of pride for Americans. This label is easy to find on some things, not really something you see on consumer electronics. This will change sometime later this year. Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple, Inc., announced on Thursday (5/16/13) that one of the Mac models will be built entirely in the US.

This begs the discussion of which Mac would make the most sense to manufacture in the US. The least likely would be any of the laptops – MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. I would think that the iMac would not be a candidate. This leaves the Mac mini and the Mac Pro tower.

The mini could be the one Tim Cook was referring to. It’s the smallest and least expensive desktop in the Mac lineup. The case of the mini is milled from a block of aluminum, like the MacBooks. The inside of the mini is fairly straight forward, even though it is somewhat cramped. It’s less cramped now since there is no optical drive, but it’s still a full powered desktop in a very small footprint.

In my mind, the ideal candidate for a made in the USA Mac would be a new Mac Pro. There are several points that would make a tower Mac the perfect choice. One is size and weight. You can fit a whole lot more Mac minis on a cargo ship than you can a Mac Pro. Why not build the Pro here and not have to worry about getting them across the Pacific Ocean.

Another point for the Mac Pro is ease of assembly. Being a full-size tower, assembly shouldn’t require specialized equipment or highly trained personnel. Inside the Mac Pro is very much like a Dell or HP workstation. There are standard 3.5-inch hard drives, 5.25-inch optical drives, desktop RAM modules, PCI-E cards, and a large motherboard.

PC towers were built in the US not too long ago so the tech is here. The last time an Apple computer was built in the US was over 20 years ago so Apple does have a bit of work to get this ramped up. Where this will happen is unknown. California and Texas could be a good choice for a new Mac manufacturing facility.


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