A teardown from iFixit showed that markings on the back of a new iMac that say “Assembled in USA.” What does “Assembled in USA” mean exactly? Does that mean Apple may assemble some new iMac in the USA?
Appleinsider shows that from the FTC regarding the “Made in USA” standard:
Assembled in USA claims 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.
Appleinsider reveals that Apple may be taking some of the burden of assembling the new iMac off Chinese supply partners by performing parts of assembly in the U.S.
9to5Mac believes that etching “assembled in USA” into the product’s aluminum indicates that this may be more than refurbished or custom-ordered units.
However, Apple has yet to respond to this reveal.
News from Appleinsider.com and CNET.com.