Where did I come from? The origin(s) of my MacBook Pro

'Assembled in China' is just the beginning

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The MacBook Pro's unibody shell may be one of its most distinctive features, but they aren't handcrafted by Apple's own artisans; they're manufactured by companies that make laptop bodies for a number of companies, including Lenovo, Asus, and Dell. One of the primary vendors Apple uses for this most basic of components is Catcher Technology, which is headquartered in Taiwan but does its manufacturing in mainland China. One of the plants where MacBook bodies are made -- perhaps the very one where my own laptop was born -- was shut down last fall because it was violating Chinese pollution laws, which led to Apple announcing it would audit its supply chain over environmental concerns.

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