Originally Posted by wogfun
With all these posts about CNC shops in the US ready to do business, it really is a shame that Apple doesn't steer some of its massive production line to them. While Apple already charges top dollar for their products, I can't imagine hiring American workers would be impossible.
Regrettably, the mismatch between a US standard of living versus a Chinese standard of living keeps these kinds of jobs in China.
Consider this: Why don't people set up machine shops in downtown Manhattan? After all, a worker in NYC should be able to survive on the same hourly wage as a worker in Cincinnati, or Shenzhen, yes? There's a reason why real-estate and demographics vary widely around the globe, and it's not Apple's job to correct any disparities.
Apple has something like hundreds of millions of dollars that Jobs was willing to spend on attorneys fees for the "thermonuclear war" with Android lawsuit.
I think that was the booze (painkillers) talking. I doubt Jobs would have followed through with that bluster, or been allowed to by the board and other executives.
Hiring an American CNC shop: I think they can afford it.
Apple might, but could their customers? The same 'hundreds of millions' that you mentioned would have dried up overnight, and then the prices will have to rise to cover the difference.
Let's face it - the US's days of manufacturing supremacy are over. Gone because of unions and liability insurance and overpriced healthcare and intolerance for polluting. Meanwhile, the Chinese are willing to overlook all that just like we did a century ago (and the English a century before that) in the interest of running their economy full steam ahead, so to speak. Either we have to be willing to lower our standard of living, or else we have to concede certain types of industry to those who will.