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6502 said:Neither of which is done in the US, which is shameful. Even more so is Apple seems intent on offshoring their R&D work to China too. This is not the Apple I know.melgross said:Can't people understand that this isn't manufacturing, it's assembly. There's a difference. Manufacturing is actually the process of making parts, while assembly is just putting them together. Assembly is the lowest value part of manufacturing.
This is a bit different than forging steel parts for building a car, which can originate domestically relatively easily. But we aren't going to be building a components manufacturing industry any time soon.
mjtomlin said:I always wondered about the logic of purchasing and then lugging around 2 separate computer systems that do essentially the same functions and the only real difference being screen size?
... Carrying an Apple Watch and an IPhone -- that's ok and it's not what I'm talking about.
But carrying an IPhone and an IPad and a MacBook are just totally, absolutely redundant. Almost a crazy kind of stupid. They each are supporting: systems board, batteries, memory and processors that are each capable of doing what the other formfactor is doing. The only real difference is screen size and external keyboard & touchpad.
So, OK! Let's Do This! It's time to leave the 20th century!
But, there is another, more important reason: Apple is getting killed by the Chromebook. Parents, schools and kids simply don't want to shell out $2,000 when $200 gives them what they need. But, they all carry IPhones. By plugging them into a light, thin, dumb terminal that supplies a large screen and professional quality keyboard you have everything you need at less than the cost of a Chromebook -- and Apple preserves its youth market.
First of all, Apple is not getting killed by the Chromebook. Apple is losing some iPad sales to Chromebooks in education. Chromebooks by and large have failed just as miserably as netbooks did (Apple sells more iPads then all other's chromebook sales combined and many companies have stopped selling them except to education). They have found a niche in K-6 classrooms, because they're cheap and fairly indestructible compared to a tablet. Outside of that, Some people might consider getting one instead of a cheap Windows computer.
Second, why would anyone carry all those things with them? It's not about having everything with you all the time, it's about having the right device when you need it.
I have an iPhone SE, a 9.7" iPad Pro, and a 27" iMac. The iMac stays where it sits 24/7. The iPad moves with me around the house; couch, porch, kitchen, bathroom, etc. and sometimes I take it with me when I leave the house (when I need something more than an my iPhone). The iPhone sits on the table by the door and goes with me whenever I leave, but I rarely use it at home, except to occasional (rarely) make or answer a phone call, because I can also do that from my iPad and iMac.
My grandson won't even consider using anything but a Chromebook of his Mom's touchscreen HP Windows 10 machine for his homework.
Apple is getting killed by the Chromebook. Parents, schools and kids simply don't want to shell out $2,000 when $200 gives them what they need. But, they all carry IPhones. By plugging them into a light, thin, dumb terminal that supplies a large screen and professional quality keyboard you have everything you need at less than the cost of a Chromebook -- and Apple preserves its youth market.
mazda 3s said:Even The Verge is complaining:
aknabi said:Too much innovation going on a Apple! Given where their product development tracks are going they can fire the design department and hire Kim Kardashian to suggest colors
What other PC and tablet innovations are you seeing from competitors?