7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 8:44 AM by DCJ1
Udder Level 1 (25 points)

The box my new iMac came in had a sticker that said "Assembled in America".

Does that mean that this iMac was made in the US or was it just the actual box that was "Assembled in America".

I was under the impression that Apple made all of there products in China.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,228 points)

    Al new iMacs are manufactured overseas in China currently. However if you purchased a refurbished iMac from Apple they ship from the US, I have no idea if the refurbishing is done in the US or not. You can use:




    to input your SN and that will tell you where the machine was made. This site hasn't been updated in awhile so I'm not positive it will work for your machine but it doesn't hurt to try.

  • Udder Level 1 (25 points)

    I tried using that tool and it did say this about the factory:


    Factory: D2 (Refurbished ?)


    However, this was purchased from B&H Photo as a new system and was not sold as refurbished.


    I took a second look at the label on the iMac box and it clearly states that the computer was assembled in the USA (see photo below)




    Is there a way to find out if this iMac is a refurbushed system?  Wouldn't it say it somewhere?



  • Rudegar Level 7 (25,485 points)

    could it be if you choose too many custom vs. the base model they asm them in usa as China is really more of a mass production place for the std products?

    got no intel just an idea

  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,957 points)

    I bought a refurb iMac 27 directly from Apple and it arrived yesterday--the box is still sitting ont eh living room. The sticker is basically the same except for two things:


    1) the computer description line begins with "RFB" in front of "iMac 27"




    2) It's clearly marked "Computer assembled in China" at the bottom.


    As we are all end users here like you, I doubt if you can get a definitive answer from this rowdy crowd. If this is a real concern to you, I suggest you call Apple directly. I'm sure Apple would want to know if B&H is selling refurbs as new.


    Rudega wrote:


    could it be if you choose too many custom vs. the base model they asm them in usa


    Could very well the case. I know that was how it worked in 2004 with G4 MDD towers. My son's was bought "box stock" MDD from an Apple retail Store and the serial number shows it as Chinese (or Taiwanese--certainly not a US code). Mine was bought as a web "build to order" and the SN code shows US production.



  • Udder Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks Allan, there is no sign of RFB anywhere on my system.  I am satisfied that I have a new system.


    BTW, the bottom of my base stand also says that it was assembled in the USA.


    Glad to see that some stuff is being made again in the states!

  • RRLA Level 1 (0 points)

    mine says that too!

    bought late spring 11 off of a pile at an authorized dealer, no customization.

  • DCJ1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I purchased a refurbished iPad that was shipped to me from Shenzen China.