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.
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
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Apple is a jerk!
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:04 PM 33
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Android apps are also made on numerous Windows and Macs.
posted on Jun 07, 2014, 1:54 AM 8
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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).
posted on Jun 07, 2014, 3:32 AM 16
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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.
posted on Jun 07, 2014, 9:36 PM 0
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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
posted on Jun 11, 2014, 5:54 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:08 PM 5
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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...
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 11:19 PM 4
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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
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:08 PM 21
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Sony Vaio Zseries Apple copied Zseries laptops
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:24 PM 7
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For laptops, Asus Zenbooks are sexy too.
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 11:59 PM 6
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They are not gonna use Yosemite for manufacturing!!! And how's this news? Tell me something about google IO!
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:09 PM 1
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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!
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 11:13 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jun 07, 2014, 7:27 PM 0
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"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.
posted on Jun 07, 2014, 8:37 PM 0
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What would you guys expect! Try to use SolidWorks or Catia on OS X
posted on Jun 06, 2014, 10:23 PM 4
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