It plans to spend $30 billion at the U.S. on new data centers and other facilities, create 20,000 new jobs, build a new corporate campus and also spend money on teaching the next generation as well.
What’s not to enjoy? The naysayers would point to a few items, including the location where the products that account for the majority of its profits are made by it — iPhones.
Since the phone would cost as much as double, in the $ 2,000 range for its X that is iPhone, says technology analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. And he cites other motives also, especially the cost of skilled labor in China (that are paid about $100 a week, he also notes, far less than we offer,) that the availability of components in Asia and also the dearth of acceptable manufacturing facilities here, that might cost Apple millions of dollars to construct.
“It may be achieved, at a cost that is huge, not simply to Apple, but to you and me as well,” says Bajarin. The bottom line: “We lost manufacturing to Southeast Asia, Asia, India and Mexico just two to three decades ago, and it’s never coming back. ”
Past Apple, Samsung creates many of its Galaxy phones in South Korea and manufactures them there, as well as Vietnam and India, while Amazon churns out those Echo and Dot speakers in China, and Japan based Nintendo makes the favorite Switch video game program in Asia also.
I know all the reasons for why Apple might choose not to create an iPhone here, but it does not stop me try it. If Apple learned as the Chinese and wanted to change some production , open an Apple University to instruct workers to be nimble, it could. After all, we’re discussing the planet’s most rewarding, and some might argue, innovative company.
The business 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 purchase it. Maybe not with the kinds of numbers seen with the version, but isn’t it worth giving it a try, and possibly, ahem, believing differently?
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