“Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will ‘get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China,'” Konstantin Kakaes writes for MIT Technology Review. “Bernie Sanders has also called for Apple to manufacture some devices in the U.S. instead of China.”
“Neither candidate could instantly make that happen,” Kakaes writes. “As Steve Jobs once told President Obama when he asked why Apple didn’t make phones in its home country, the company didn’t hire manufacturers in China only because labor is cheaper there. China also offered a skilled workforce and flexible factories and parts suppliers that can, Apple believes, retool more quickly than their American counterparts.”
“But set that aside for now, and imagine that Apple persuaded one of its Chinese manufacturers to open factories in the United States or did that itself. Could it work? Apple could profitably produce iPhones in America, as some high-end Mac computers are produced, without making them much more expensive,” Kakaes writes. “There’s a catch, though, that undermines Trump’s and Sanders’s arguments.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. doesn’t want those kinds of subsistence-level (or worse) assembly jobs. Today, in a global economy, where great wage disparities exist, those type of jobs generally cost more than they are worth as they simply don’t pay enough to allow people to live independently. They’ll soon be replaced by robots anyway. You want the types of high-paying jobs that Apple has already proven to have created in droves.
The ultimate goal is what Steve Jobs always wanted all along: Automated assembly via robotics.
They don’t sleep, they don’t strike or make demands, they don’t jump off buildings or die in dust fires, most of them don’t even need the lights on. They just make what you program them to make, the same way every time, with quality control that no human line can ever match.
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