Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Make Macs in the US

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#1 Posted by PinkiePirate (1973 posts) -

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/apple-to-produce-line-of-macs-in-us-next-year-84682.html

In Steve Job's biography, it mentioned that President Obama personally asked Steve Jobs if there's any possibility of bringing back some of the manufacturing business to US. Jobs said that it's impossible due to the fact that the Chinese's productivity is 'breathtakingly superior.'

As much as I don't like Apple and their behavior recently, this is good news.

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#2 Posted by TrainerCeleste (1633 posts) -
Yay jobs! I mean work
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#3 Posted by JohnF111 (14187 posts) -
So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.
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#4 Posted by DaBrainz (7917 posts) -
Is this why their stock crashed?
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#5 Posted by coasterguy65 (7133 posts) -

Assembled in the U.S....using Chinese parts probably. Better than nothing I guess.

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#6 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -
So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.JohnF111
Steve Jobs is a great guy once you get to know him.... (not really, he's successful for a reason)
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#7 Posted by ScorpionTroll (810 posts) -

That's mighty American of him.

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#8 Posted by lonewolf604 (8652 posts) -
wouldn't that raise the price
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#9 Posted by Blue-Sky (10379 posts) -

Chinese productivity breathtakingly superior?

:lol:

Is that what we're calling slave labor?

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#10 Posted by MrPraline (21351 posts) -
And to think Apple products are expensive now.
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#11 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24616 posts) -
some guy's smart post

For everyone saying this is going to drive Mac prices up, not necessarily. An analysis a few months ago - although obviously based only on public information - suggests that while it would cut into their profits, they could keep the prices the same and still be making a 50% markup on the shelf prices. That's a fine profit for any product, even if it's not the 70% markup they get from Chinese-made stuff. Further, remember: PR costs money too. If this move saves Apple millions in PR, branding, positioning, and other costs associated with defending their Chinese investments, it could also turn out to be a good long-term investment for them. The lure of cheap Asian electronics manufacturing is almost solely in the initial lower prices. While Apple is better than most at wrangling good quality products out of foreign producers, there's still a substantial long-term cost associated with doing business this way. Most companies see worse products, more returns, more substantial post-sale support expenses, and more. Plus, of course, the increasing bad buzz about foreign manufacturing in general eating into their good will. So quit grousing and look on the bright side. Apple's not stupid. They know they already have the most expensive gadgets on the planet. They aren't going to go jacking up the prices further for no good reason, especially not if (as Apple does seem to generally do) they're looking down the road ten years in making these plans.

http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/14dq2b/apple_ceo_tim_cook_announces_plans_to_manufacture/
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#12 Posted by kuraimen (28078 posts) -
So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.JohnF111
He was a buddhist so chances are that karma made him reborn as a slave child.
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#13 Posted by Blue-Sky (10379 posts) -

wouldn't that raise the price lonewolf604

Depends, material costs in China are going up and cheap labor in China is steadily declining by each new generation.

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#14 Posted by harashawn (27614 posts) -
wouldn't that raise the price lonewolf604
It will certainly raise the cost of production; which will either decrease the profit margin, or increase the price. It is good for the USA in the long run, as it will create more jobs.
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#15 Posted by MrPraline (21351 posts) -
[QUOTE="JohnF111"]So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.kuraimen
He was a buddhist so chances are that karma made him reborn as a slave child.

iTunes user would be a worse fate, but that works too
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#16 Posted by MrPraline (21351 posts) -
and lol at the scenario of so called powerful man B.O. begging a CEO to bring more jobs to the country
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#17 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

So this is how they are going to justify their next price hike....

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#18 Posted by Chickity_China (2322 posts) -

Assembled in the U.S....using Chinese parts probably. Better than nothing I guess.

coasterguy65

Umm, actually, Apple uses high end parts from primarily 1st world countries and assembles them in China.

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#19 Posted by harashawn (27614 posts) -

So this is how they are going to justify their next price hike....

dercoo
It is entirely possible that they will just take a cut in their profit margins; which would be the best option considering they would probably lose more money by raising their prices than by simply raising production costs.
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#20 Posted by worlock77 (22552 posts) -

[QUOTE="JohnF111"]So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.kuraimen
He was a buddhist so chances are that karma made him reborn as a slave child.

steve-jobs-reincarnate.png.

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#21 Posted by SpartanMSU (3440 posts) -

So Steve Jobs loved the Chinese slave workers. Great to know.JohnF111

they are forced to work there? Huh, didn't know that. Thanks for the insight.

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#22 Posted by tenaka2 (17054 posts) -

Back in my day they used to be made in Ireland :(

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#23 Posted by limpbizkit818 (15044 posts) -
"Made in America" products sell for a premium in Chinese and other Asian markets. Apple can set it self up to be the only major tech firm that assembles in the USA and reap the rewards of selling those products overseas.