It plans to invest $30 billion in the U.S. on new data centers and other amenities, create 20,000 new jobs, construct a new corporate campus and also spend money on educating the next generation as well.
What is not to like, right? The naysayers would point to a few things, including the place where it makes the products that account for the majority of its profits — iPhones.
At the $ 2,000 range for its X, says tech analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies because the phone would cost up to twice. And he cites other motives as well, especially the price of skilled labor in China (who are paid around $100 per week, he notes, way less than we offer,) that the availability of parts in Asia and also the dearth of suitable manufacturing facilities here, which would cost Apple countless dollars to construct.
“It may be achieved, at a huge cost, not just to Apple, but to you and me as well,” says Bajarin. The bottom line: “We dropped manufacturing to Southeast Asia, Asia, India and Mexico two to three years before, and it’s never coming back. ”
Beyond Apple, Samsung produces many of its Galaxy mobiles in South Korea and manufactures them in addition to Vietnam and India, while Amazon churns out those Echo and Dot speakers in China, and Japan established Nintendo makes the favorite breeze video game system in Asia as well.
I understand all of the reasons for why Apple might choose not to make an iPhone here, but that does not stop me from saying, try it. If Apple wanted to change some production here, start an Apple University to train workers to be nimble and learned as the Chinese, it could. In the end, we’re discussing the world’s most rewarding, and some might assert, company that is innovative.
The business could offer a special, more costly, “Made in the U.S.A.” variant of this iPhone (in red, blue and white colours, perhaps) and I am betting people would purchase it. Maybe not with the kinds of numbers found with the version, but is not it worth giving it a try, and possibly, ahem, thinking differently?
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