It’s official. The Mac is back. Not only are sales of our favorite Cupertino, CA computer maker going up, production is coming back home. Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple will invest $100-million to bring Mac production back to the U.S.A. in 2013.
Hmmm. Which Mac?
Let’s look at the Mac line to see which Macs would qualify to be manufactured in the U.S. instead of China.
First, the MacBook notebook line. Uh, no. That won’t be made in the U.S. because the process for making a notebook and cramming in all of Apple’s world renowned quality components still needs China. Laser cutting the MacBook’s body from a slab of aluminum is a tough chore.
Second, the iMac line. Nope. That won’t be made in the U.S., either, and mostly for the same reasons. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Hey, Kate. Aren’t some of the new iMacs assembled in the U.S.?‘ Unless a bunch of Assembled in the United States labels accidentally found their way to an Apple warehouse, yes.
That’s a trend whose time has come.
But assembling is not manufacturing. Yet. So, if not the MacBook or the iMac, which Mac?
That leaves two. The Mac mini and the Mac Pro. The Mac mini just received a refresh and the Mac Pro is a few years overdue for a new update, so I’m calling the game for the latter over the former.
The next Mac to be built in the U.S. will be the Mac Pro. Why?
It’s just a big hunk of aluminum with mostly standard components inside. There’s no need for special glass or retina displays because the Mac Pro is just a big box. Even a new 2013 model is likely to be much the same. Apple may change the size and design and shape but inside it will be mostly off-the-shelf components.
Let’s just hope they make this once and future Mac Pro as very fast, faster than fast Mac, but with a more competitive price tag.