Apple uses Windows to make Macs

Apple uses Windows to make Macs
This would not be so interesting if we were not on the heels of Apple’s big (and some overblown) announcements at WWDC this past week, but public relations being what it is, social media being what it is, and image being what it is, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent tweet extoling the virtues of American manufacturing does have a fly in the ointment.

Apple started making some of its Mac computers in Texas as part of a strategy for reorienting some jobs and business operations to the United States.

As Apple already had sizeable operations in Austin, Texas, expanding those activities to include manufacturing, along with Texas’ favorable business climate, was not likely an overly difficult endeavor.  For now, and the foreseeable future, Apple's US manufacturing will be centered around assembling certain lines of Mac computers.  There is no real expectation or indication that we will see iPhones or iPads made in Texas.

For a company with the scope of products and services it has, one might think Apple would have much of its own resources available to control the manufacturing process, soup-to-nuts. Despite its digs at Microsoft during the Keynote address at WWDC, even Apple is not fully out of the shadow of the company that rules the workspace.

In Tim Cook’s tweet about visiting Apple’s Austin, he shared a picture that was taken along the assembly line of Mac Pro. The people that man the line have iMacs that provide information along the process and what do they happen to be running, but what appear to be the Windows 7 operating system.

We have seen similar images from Apple’s contract manufacturers like Foxconn, but that was in Asia, and Foxconn does more than make Apple stuff. This is Apple, making Apple gear, using Windows.

Are we really surprised? No. For all their any given faults, there just some things you cannot do on some machines running a particular environment, be it Windows, OS X, Linux, Ubuntu, et al. Could the PR person, or Twitter handler, for Tim Cook have chosen another angle to take the picture? Well, yes.  How might Microsoft feel?  Free publicity and some sense of vindication would seem to be rational.

That said, we hope that Apple’s venture to start making stuff in the US, having moved such operations offshore decades ago, is successful enough that it can be scaled to allow the manufacture of even more of Apple’s products. It will not be an easy feat. Others have tried, and failed, closing up shop within very short periods of time. When offshore labor costs and regulations amount to literally pennies on the dollar in cost comparison, it will be quite the accomplishment to see Apple pull this initiative off.

sources: Tim Cook (Twitter) via Redmond Pie



1. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Apple is a jerk!

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And patent trolls pos

26. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Android apps are also made on numerous Windows and Macs.

28. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but you don't see Google bad mouthing other platforms. Since Apple and MS have released a toxic hell stew of scroogled styled rhetoric against them, they don't get to use other platforms to their advantage after (they can but its really ironic then).

30. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not sure what that response had to do with the comment. The point was, Android apps are also made on Windows and Macs.

37. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And you can use linux. Wanna make ios apps? Buy a bleeping $1000 mac you cheap bastards!

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True! If you want to compile iOS apps you need to have a Mac (there is few solutions but they are more like a pain in the a**).

47. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

There's this plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio called Xamarin and it lets you make Android and iOs apps on Windows. I used it a couple of times and it works like magic.

54. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

They know if you want pretty, you use Apple, if you want useful, you use Microsoft. I bet all the computers in the CFO's group run Windows as well to track the Apple tax revenues.

58. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Or if you're not connecting it to the internet in EVER - WIndows is fine. Otherwise youll expose all your data to hackers. Look at Target. They have windows based POS system - andddd credit cards = STOLEN xD

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012 Meanwhile inside the most innovative brand of 2014. Been this way for years. Maybe Apple are using Macs and running Windows OS on them in the Texas factory? Macs can run both natively.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If the production management software is only available on Windows, even Apple will have to run Windows.

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I think so too, if you look closely those are Mac's, but with Boot Camp they're using WIndows OS. Hard to tell, but it actually looks like Windows XP...

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its not that clear, but I'm pretty sure that's Windows 7 circular start menu button transparent aero theme around the borders and the icons pinned on the taskbar

3. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I think apple has one of the sexiest and compact design for their hardware but in my opinion, windows is way better than OS X

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony Vaio Zseries Apple copied Zseries laptops

49. stealthd unregistered

LOOOL No they didn't. That's as laughable as saying Apple copied the Prada for the original iPhone

57. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're such a f**king troll!!! LOL

16. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

For laptops, Asus Zenbooks are sexy too.

19. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I personally prefer Macbooks to anything else, but I do like both Vaio and Zenbook line-up.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

They are not gonna use Yosemite for manufacturing!!! And how's this news? Tell me something about google IO!

12. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Why not?... It's rather embarrassing to see apple assembling their hardware with the competition's software, why? because they've been advertising trash about the competition... Is it ok to see the share holders of Pepsi co. drinking Coca-Cola?.... NO!


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

It's like using the worst software for the most menial jobs. Do you understand now? Personally I am dumping my Acer windows 7 cràptop for a Macbook this year.

40. HASHTAG unregistered

Haha. You have an Acer.

41. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Y it might be a craptop the OS it's using is not.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it's like using the software that does all the things your software can't. Oh, but since you're allegedly replacing a Windows laptop with a MacBook, that proves your point. In your head.

50. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

That just means the software maker for that particular machine they are opertaing does not make it for mac... so they have to boot windows on the mac which, btw, Mac runs windos better than a normal PC of the same specs.

52. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

"Mac runs Windows better than a normal PC". Macs are just normal PCs. same hardware, just more expensive. Also PCs can run OSX, granted not legally because Apple locks their OS but OSX runs on a "Regular PC" just fine and it runs just as good as a "MAC PC". Linux runs on everything and is free so surprised they aren't using that, most software developers use linux anyway.

5. alexandrecastro

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What would you guys expect! Try to use SolidWorks or Catia on OS X

33. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly the point, so apple doesn't get to bad mouth the competition

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