In tradition, website iFixit dismantles the latest products, in this case, the Apple 21.5″ iMac computer. As the teardown happened, they cam across something very peculiar. The team noticed that the iMac was “Assembled in USA”. According to 9to5Mac and iFixit, these words were not etched on the actual aluminium casing.
This does bring up an interesting topic though. Are Apple’s iMacs actually being assembled down in the United States, rather than Foxconn in China? This is the first iMacs being branded with “Assembled in USA” and should be interesting. But maybe this only means that they are being partly built in the USA, and parts/components are being shipped out from other countries.
According to 9to5Mac, the US FTC stated that in order for the label to be named “Assembled in USA”, the following must be followed:
A product that includes foreign components may be called “Assembled in USA” without qualification when 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. That’s why a “screwdriver” assembly in the U.S. of foreign components into a final product at the end of the manufacturing process doesn’t usually qualify for the “Assembled in USA” claim.
Example: A lawn mower, composed of all domestic parts except for the cable sheathing, flywheel, wheel rims and air filter (15 to 20 percent foreign content) is assembled in the U.S. An “Assembled in USA” claim is appropriate.
For computer hardware, here are the regulations:
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.
Questions remain whether Apple is really assembling the full iMac in the USA, or maybe just partly. We know that Apple is sneaky (we saw what happened with the Apple/Samsung case in the UK), but we will have more information hopefully soon. We have contacted Apple for comment.
[Source via: 9to5Mac]