SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23: Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iMac during an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. Apple is expected to introduce a smaller, less expensive version of the iPad. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Some iMacs are sporting labels that say "Assembled in the USA," a change from the machines' usual assembly in China.
The phenomenon was first reported by Fortune, when a San Jose, Calif. reader notified the publication about the new label on his new 21-inch iMac. More were found but it doesn't necessarily mean that Apple is moving all its assembly to the United States, AppleInsider reported.
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.