Some New iMacs Being Assembled In The U.S.

imacsAs the 21.5” iMacs started selling in stores and being shipped to those who pre-ordered, buyers have noticed that certain models of the iMac say that they were “Assembled in USA.” If you’re familiar with Apple’s workings, you’ll know that this is unusual, since most of the company’s gadgets get assembled in China by Foxconn employees.

9to5Mac noticed this in iFixit’s teardown of the 21.5” iMac, and pointed out that earlier models included the “Assembled in USA” tag as well, although, unlike current models, the text wasn’t etched on the iMac’s aluminium body. Some people speculate that these “assembled in USA” units might be refurbished iMacs, however there’s plenty of evidence that suggests that even Apple’s refurb products come from China.


The “assembled” term itself is pretty vague, giving no exact details about which parts of Apple’s supply chain lie in the U.S. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s rules, a product that includes foreign components (which the iMac does) may be called “Assembled in USA” only if:

its principal assembly takes place in the U.S. and the assembly is substantial. For the “assembly” claim to be valid, the product’s last “substantial transformation” also should have occurred in the U.S.


Example: All the major components of a computer, including the motherboard and hard drive, are imported. The computer’s components then are put together in a simple “screwdriver” operation in the U.S., are not substantially transformed under the Customs Standard, and must be marked with a foreign country of origin. An “Assembled in U.S.” claim without further qualification is deceptive.

If Apple is indeed going by FTC’s rules, the company should have a significant manufacturing setup in the US.

9to5Mac speculates that Apple’s pre-2004 manufacturing plant in Elk Grove, CA, and the recent hiring activity in the plant might be related to the Assembled in USA tags on iMacs. Another possibility suggested: there’s a Foxconn facility in the US which is doing the assembling.

Apple’s always thrown around as the first example whenever there’s talk about US jobs being lost to other countries. While Apple has its own reasons ranging from costs to logistics, many experts say that manufacturing jobs have such low pays that even if they remained in the US, no one would opt for them.

Nonetheless, Apple seems to be doing something on the manufacturing front in the US, which is worthy enough to warrant an “assembled in USA” tag. Whether this will propagate through out Apple’s product lineup is something we’ll have to see.

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  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    That’s great to hear. If it is a substantial portion of the line, they REALLY should advertise it. They could use some positive press…

  • Casey

    “you’ll know that this us unusual” us……us. The spelling needs to get amped up! For such a small article I expect more for iPhone hacks. I should have decent articles to read since your raping me with horrible ads!

    • Eric

      It’s only one spelling mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. We’re only human. Rather than complaining about expectations, why don’t you suggest them to iPhonehacks?

    • Nobby

      I agree, far too many adds and too many lame boring stories. This site used to be a lot more interesting to read( and leas annoying) What happened? Interesting news seems few and far between, and not much to do with jailbreaking…

      • Jeremy Taco Patterson

        There isn’t a lot of “breaking news” on the jailbreaking front. Maybe when there is an untethered break for iOS 6 on the iPhone 5 and iPad 4, there will be a steadier supply of JB articles. They can’t exactly make the material just POP out if thin air.

        I for one enjoy the diversity of articles and find them useful, informative and/or enjoyable. I’ve suggested, in passing, a change in the name of the site to something more appropriate for the majority of the content.

        And nobody likes ads, but the site is free. It’s a compromise we all have to make.

        • iPhoneHacks

          Thanks Jeremy for understanding.

          We’re glad you’re enjoying the diversity of the articles and thanks for the suggestion.

      • iPhoneHacks

        Thanks for the feedback. We would love to bring you as much hacking/jailbreaking news as possible, but as Jeremy points out things have been relatively quieter due to the lack of a jailbreak for the newer devices.

        As for the ads, we’re always looking at ways to reduce ads, in fact based on the change we made last week, you should see lesser ads if you visit more pages on the site.

      • iPhoneHacks

        And if you find something interesting, which we haven’t covered, please send us a nasty email at to ensure we don’t miss it.

    • Rounak Jain

      Sorry for the error, didn’t notice it even after multiple proof reads. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ve made the change.

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