What? Can you repeat that again?
You can purchase smartphones for $100 (unsubsidised), this is a fact.
Also, in these third world countries you talk about, the data plans aren't $50 a month
It doesn't matter if it is cheaper. And better, with the 5 internals than the 4S would have been. If they can keep costs down, and are prepared to reduce margins a bit, it could be sold at $350 or so. Thats a huge sweet spot.
So do we believe that those 90,000 workers they want to hire already have manufacturing skills making electronics? I don't. Imagine if Apple were manufacturing products here. They would create a huge boost to the economy. If Apple charged $10 more per phone or kept $10 less per phone sold it could pay an American worker a really good salary or hourly wage. How many phones per hour does someone working in phone assembly touch? If each person only touches ten phones per hour then how much per hour would Apple need to add to those phones to pay somebody $15 per hour? Not much. What if the workers work on fifty phones per hour?
Simplistically, 540,000 iPhones / 90,000 workers = only 6 iPhones per worker per day
Alas, each worker can't make an entire phone. I remember reading somewhere that each iPhone goes through 100 workers. Sounds excessive, but let's use it as a thought exercise:
Does that make sense? Did I goof somewhere?
If Apple is smart about its marketing it would be sure to have people reading the big public forums that focus on their products. Doing so would give them direct insight into what people think about the products made, the bugs that happen, the features people want, and the way people feel about the company and what it could be doing. Apple isn't Satan. Apple is putting profits before the welfare of American citizens and its economy.
Since there isn't any way to know exactly who owns all of the Apple stock, it just might be true that most of it is owned by people who don't live in the USA. It is a big international company that has millions of shares traded by large pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, and individuals. What we do know is that it was founded in the USA and its top executives are American citizens. It is considered an American company. Almost all of its manufacturing is done in China.
If Apple really wanted to save money it could move its entire operations to China along with all of its English speaking management team and engineers. Everything could be in one place for the sake of profits; but they aren't doing that. They feel that America is their home and that their products are "Proudly developed in California." If management feels that their jobs should remain in California so that they can have the good life, then they should also feel obliged to help other Americans have a good life too by moving manufacturing to the USA. If they feel so strongly that Apple should remain an American company then they should extend that pride to making it a manufacturing company instead of the fabless one that it is now. Apple seemed proud to proclaim that Apple indirectly creates 600,000 jobs in the USA. If that made them proud then they could have even more pride if they employed 200,000 people directly in the manufacturing sector within the USA. That would spur the creation of even more than the 600,000 from the Chinese products sold around the world with the Apple brand stamped on them.
Some are. By Samsung, who has invested $15 billion in its Austin chip factories and research facilities, even though it looks like Apple might try to buy chips from elsewhere in the future.
Not sure where the circuit boards are being made, but Motorola sold some of their overseas manufacturing facilities and is going to instead be assembling the new Moto X phone in Fort Worth.