Reports indicate that Apple is considering bringing iPhone product assembly to North America
One of the many criticisms faced by Apple is regarding its questionable manufacturing policies. Unlike its major competitor Samsung, Apple is under constant fire for seemingly exploiting cheap labor in China. We’ve all heard about, and seen, the catching nets surrounding the Foxconn factory in China to prevent depressed workers attempting suicides. And it seems Apple has also grown tired of these complains, as a recent report suggests the tech giant is looking into ways of bringing iPhone manufacturing over to the United States.
The report was published by Nikkei, who have cited unnamed sources as evidence of Apple’s possible decision of shifting manufacturing to North America. The source stated that a while ago (in June, to be precise), Apple asked its manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron to conduct preliminary research regarding ways of bringing manufacturing from China to America. While Foxconn reluctantly complied, Pegatron denied Apple’s request promptly, citing cost concerns.
We say reluctantly, because the report indicates that Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou was ‘less enthusiastic’ about Apple’s change of mind. Apparently, he was worried about the inevitable increase in production costs, which could rise up to twice as much as it costs now.
The catalyst for Apple’s inquiry is unclear at this point; either Apple is finally putting the moral criticisms to bed, or it is following up on Donald Trump’s declaration of bringing more jobs to the United States. Trump, in a speech given in early 2016, mentioned Apple specifically, to make a larger point of bringing more jobs to the American populace by forcing local tech companies to manufacture products locally. It should be noted, however, that many believe even if Apple, or any other tech outfit, for that matter, brings production home to the United States, it will not result in a sizable rise in employment rate. This is due to the lack of labor training in the region, and analysts claim that most manufacturing processes would then be automated.
Whatever the case may be, it remains highly unlikely that Apple does indeed shun China and bring manufacturing to the United States. At least for now.