Apple CEO Cook: ‘It’s not true’ that the iPhone ‘isn’t built in the United States’

“Apple has long assembled the iPhone in China. Why not here, in the United States?” Dan Frommer reports for Recode. “‘We are building things in the United States,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said, speaking in Chicago at a taping of Revolution: Apple Changing The World, a special collaboration between Recode and MSNBC. ‘It’s not true that iPhone isn’t built in the United States.'”

“‘What people fixate on,’ Cook said, is that the final assembly is done in China. But in a ‘global world,’ you do things in a variety of places — components from some places, assembly in others,” Frommer reports. “The iPhone’s display glass, for example, comes from Kentucky, Cook said. Chips are built all over the U.S., as is equipment for manufacturing the iPhone. The Face ID module on the iPhone X will be built in Texas.”

“What about Donald Trump’s pressure to do more manufacturing in the States?” Frommer reports. “We ‘don’t need political pressure’ to create American jobs, Cook said. ‘We’ve already been doing this.’ ‘We know that Apple could only have been created in the United States,’ he said, drawing applause from the audience. ‘We love this country. We’re patriots. This is our country. [We] want to create as many jobs in the U.S. as we can.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Revolution: Apple Changing The World is scheduled to air Friday, April 6 at 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT on MSNBC.

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27 Comments

          1. The people do not elect the President. Electors chosen in the States do, meeting separately in each State. There is no requirement that Electors be chosen at an election. There have been various methods for choosing Electors — elections, selection by the State legislature, etc.

            Art II, Sec 1: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress. . . “

    1. Trump properties in the US hire many immigrants and seasonal workers. And even has is MAGA hats made in China.

      And does anyone wonder if Trump paid his Russian pee-pee porn stars $150,000 ? So much for him worrying about trade imbalances, eh?

      1. Even Left Wing Snopes found that canard to be false, Don the Con. The campaign’s Make America Great Again hats were made in CALIFORNIA, not CHINA. Knock off caps from third-party, rip-off artists could be made anywhere, but they were not licensed by the campaign and were not official MAGA caps, nor were they endorsed by the campaign.

        Sorry, too bad you swallow everything you hear from FAKE NEWS.

  1. I understood the ‘normal’ logistics for a manufacturing hub usually meant proximity to the parts suppliers. If Apple has so many parts built in the U.S. as Cook claims, why keep the assembly in China, especially with FoxConn building factories in the States?

      1. Point is Foxconn is huge but Apple does not have to wait for them to complete building to start moving some assembly to smaller companies in the States in the meantime especially for units to be sold in the U.S./Canada/Mexico.

        1. @ Xennex1170, Do you even believe your own nonsense? With the MASSIVE volume of phones assembled by apple using equipment specifically made for their assembly, do you think it would make sense to farm that process out smaller companies in the US? You didn’t sound very smart when you said “especially with FoxConn building factories in the States?”, when you were being critical of where they currently manufacture, so you doubled down on stupidity by going the smaller companies route in the meantime? Why not just let Apple continue to make better decisions than you and be thankful they do.

          1. I am taking into account the current environment of changing import/export costs vs using a few more smaller assembly companies. I am not arguing for all Apple products to be assembled here, rather assemble local (or close to) the market where Apple will be selling the product.

            If as Cook claims many parts are manufactured in the States and those parts are then shipped to China, assembled into a final product and shipped back to the U.S. the completed product has been taxed twice for import/export (let alone other taxes that may come into play). Car manufacturers have done this for years, it is not strange for Apple to do something similar.

            You nor I know the actual amount of specialized automation that is required to assemble iPhones. But based on the size of Foxconn I would guess it is much less automation than human sweat from what you imagine. We can only speculate.

  2. There’s a call for anyone developing 5G tech to first get a license. I suppose to learn how to not make the strong 5G RF course through peoples veins like speed.

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