Originally Posted by AgNuke1707
Sure, I'd loved to see "Designed and Built by Apple in California" stamped on my next iPhone, but I'm a realist. Imagine the cost of a truly "American made" iPhone.
The New York Times article said the added cost would be $46 per iPhone, if it were manufactured in the US instead of China. Manufactured in the USA by people with decent jobs and benefits. Hmmm.
In Q1/2012 Apple made a gross margin of 45% (before overhead, etc) on all their products combined, and for the iPhone it is probably more than that. So instead of a gross margin of about $300 per iPhone, it would be $244 if they made them here and sold them at the same price.
So on the basis of cost at least, it is by no means "impossible" to manufacture iPhones in the USA.
If Brazil can force Apple to manufacture all the iPads and iPhones sold in Brazil in Brazil, creating lots of manufacturing jobs, surely a powerful country like USA (with the biggest consumer sector in the world) could do so. But we don't.
Our government is owned by people who don't give a damn about good jobs for the 99%. And they have convinced most us that these free-market, job-aborting policies are "right." So we all suffer unemployment and poor job opportunities, and worry that our kids will be trying to live on $8/hr for the rest of their lives.
Things will only change when there are no middle class jobs left, and people have nothing left to lose.