“iPhones might one day soon carry ‘Made in America’ labels,” Debby Wu reports for Nikkei Asian Review. “Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. ‘Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,’ a source said. ‘Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.'”

“‘Making iPhones in the U.S. means the cost will more than double,’ the source said,” Wu reports. “The person added that one view among the Apple supply chain in Taiwan is that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may push the Cupertino, California-based tech titan to make a certain number of iPhone components at home.”

President-elect Trump

President-elect Trump

“Apple helped its Singapore-based contractor Flextronics build a Mac Pro production line in Austin, Texas in 2013, after Foxconn set up an iMac assembly line in the same state the year before,” Wu reports. “Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu, right-hand man to Foxconn’s Gou, also hinted in late October that if Apple eventually decided to produce in the U.S., he would have no option but to follow his customer’s instructions. ‘We are now building a new [advanced organic light-emitting diode] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED panels] in the U.S. too,’ he said. ‘If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the U.S., is it possible for us not to do so?'”

Wu reports, “‘Politics will trump cost concerns in the end,’ the industry executive familiar with iPhone’s production process said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Whatever happens, we just hope it includes Fembots.

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