Apple could make iPhones in the U.S.A. under President Trump, sources say

“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.”

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“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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35 Comments

  1. I’d like to hear some opinions, which is better: a foreign company opening a factory in America (hiring lower-wage workers), or American company building its devices overseas (but growing revenue and profit, and hiring more high-paid people, by competing on the global market)?

    In other words, we have Toyota and Honda building cars in Kentucky, and we have GM and Ford building theirs in Mexico. Who is better for America? The engineers in Detroit, designing GM cars, or assembly line workers in Louisville?

    We also have Apple having phones built in China, then we have a Chinese company (Foxconn) building iMacs (for Apple) in Texas.

    In this massive tangle of multi-nationals, how does America do best for its people?

    1. Apple ultimately needs to keep from being squeezed by a single foreign source.

      Internally they will have to prepare options to use automation and other countries for assembly.

      It is unlikely to happen fast however. The volumes are just too huge.

    2. Pre: did you mean M-Pros in TX? Austin’s Flextronics is the place where MacPros are manufactured. Never heard of iMacs constructed in TX. Per the issue…would like to see Apple items made in the US, but I doubt it. Cost and worker #’s are limitations.

    3. Companies NEVER do what is best for the people, they follow the money )ie do what is best for the company). If Apple is forced to manufacture in U.S. they will do more automation which will reduce the workforce required. Eventually, when everything is automated unemployment will be 100%.

      When was the last time you heard Apple say “We are here to provide jobs”. Never. It is this:

      Apple’s current mission statement is “Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store.” Apr 23, 2015

      Nothing about doing what is best for the people.

        1. I wouldn’t hold my breath. Judging by the kind of people that are now milling around president-elect, it is a continuation of the same, just under a different banner. A sea of lobbyists, special interests and long-career Washington political operatives.

      1. My question wasn’t really what will, or should, Apple do. I was hoping for a discussion what action would be better for the American population, jobs and prosperity (regardless of how it would be seen by the corporations, be it Apple, GM or Toyota).

        As for everything being automated and unemployment being 100%, you say that as if it is a bad thing.

        In the utopian concept of perfect future, humans don’t have to work to make things anymore; when everything that we currently do (in order to make a living) is done automatically, from harvesting food, to transportation, leisure, manufacturing, there will be no need to actually have jobs (unless we want to). Kind of like in Saudi Arabia, or the Emirates… (where the locals do nothing but collect oil money, and the only kind of jobs in abundance are low-paying service jobs, done by the Philippinas and other foreigners).

        1. How do you reconcile utopia with the Philippinas and other foreigners? I guess they are not included in the utopia.

          Someone has to clean the sewers. In other words, I just don’t see your ideal perfection as being attainable. You drill down and you will find slaves (paid or not paid) at the bottom.

          Many utopias have been tried and failed. What makes your different?

    4. “… how does America do best for its people?”

      Open boarders with regard to trade and business. Anyone on the left or right who thinks they know better how to “manage” economic trade should be treated with great suspicion.

  2. Only possible using robotics in USA……or parts made and sent to China for assembly….

    Sorry but I don’t see CONUS workers doing iPhone assembly if the stock photos of Foxxcon Assembly lines are to be believed……..

  3. There isn’t a “Made in America” label since that’s a continent and wouldn’t mean much. In any case, the more robotic iPhone production, the more appropriate to build them in USA. The jobs could be technical, related to programming and maintaining the machinery.

  4. think about the:

    no update still at 2013 prices Mac Pro and the Sapphire Glass factory. The starting price MP D700 with 16 GB RAM and 256 GB drive and ONE THIRD GPU speed of a mid range PC card is $4600, hundreds of millions spent on the Sapphire glass factory: not one block of usable glass.

    don’t want to comment anymore as it arouses too much emotion and don’t want a flame war but people should ponder those two Apple attempts of USA manufacturing.

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  5. The rhetoric I heard from Trump is any company that moves out of country will be subject to a 35% tariff or equivalent. Apple manufacturing is not moving out of country, it is already out of country. The way I hear it is future Trump tariffs wont apply to Apple.

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