It plans to spend $30 billion at the U.S. on new data centers and other amenities, create 20,000 new jobs, build a new corporate campus and spend money on teaching the next generation as well.
What is not to like? The naysayers would point to a couple things, including the place at which it makes the products which account for most of its profits — iPhones.
Since the phone would cost as much as double, in the range for the iPhone X, ” says tech analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. And he cites other motives as well, notably the cost of skilled labour in China (that are paid around $100 per week, he notes, way less than we provide,) the availability of parts in Asia and also the lack of acceptable manufacturing facilities here, which might cost Apple millions of dollars to construct.
“It may be done, at a price, not just and me too,” says Bajarin. The bottom line: “We lost production to Asia, Southeast Asia, India and Mexico two to three decades before, and it’s not coming back. ”
Past Apple, Samsung produces many of its own Galaxy mobiles in South Korea and manufactures them there, in addition to Vietnam and India, while Amazon churns out those Echo and Dot speakers at China, and Japan based Nintendo makes the favorite breeze video game system in Asia as well.
I know all of of the reasons for why Apple would choose not to make an iPhone here, but it does not stop me from saying, attempt it. If Apple wanted to change some production here, open an Apple University to train employees to be as eloquent and learned as the Chinese, it could. In the end, we are talking about the world innovative firm.
The company could provide a special, more expensive, “Made in the U.S.A.” variant of the iPhone (in red, white and blue colors, perhaps) and I am betting people would buy it. Maybe not with the sorts of numbers found with the cheaper version, but is not it worth giving it a try, and possibly, ahem, thinking?
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