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(Joanna Stern / ABC News) LOS ANGELES, Calif. — “Designed by Apple in Cupertino, Assembled in China.” That’s what it says on the back of the iPhone right now. But Tim Cook wishes it could say “Assembl...
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They have lots of money to make it happen. C'mon Apple!
But if they make things in the US then how will they maintain those amazingly attractive profit margins that overseas workers and their relatively low wages provide?
Sadly, too many people do not have even the most basic understanding of manufacturing to really comment on this. It's not as simple as finding a big empty building and saying "okay, we'll get some tools, hire some people & build iPhones here now".
We have a serious lack of people actually trained to do this kind of labor, not saying that people can't be trained, I'm saying we don't have a manufacturing-skilled workforce in the US anymore. We've successfully convinced a generation that the only jobs worth having are white collar ones.
We don't have the machinists or tool & die makers here to build the machines & tools needed in assembly, we don't have the technicians who maintain those machines, we've outsourced ALL of those jobs.
We have unions, love 'em or leave 'em, they'll require workers here get paid significantly more than their Chinese counterparts. Some will say that's fair, I want to see what those people say when an iPhone or MacBook doubles in price.
I'm not saying it can't be done, I'm only saying it could be done at a significant cost. I'd love to see manufacturing brought back to America. Whole industries would have to be reinvigorated/reinvented just to support local manufacturing on Apple's scale it would cost so much I just don't see it happening. 
You know, there are so many poor and unemployed in the USA, he should really do it there. And if that raises the price of the iPhone by 20% or even more, who cares? The iPhone is not bought because it is a price breaker but a fashion statement. With built in the US that statement can even be stronger and further distinct the apple product from the Samsungs, HTCs and Nokias.
You could have an all USA made iPhone charge 2x to 3x the current pricing with a special iPhone color and people would be falling over each other to buy one.

call it the IPhone Karma
Apple won't be making products in the U.S. as long as the U.S. has the world's highest corporate tax rate, and has crippling bureaucratic red tape trying to make doing business extremely difficult. And even then, has someone here taken Economics 101 and learned the first bit about comparative advantage? We're talking David Ricardo here, 200 years ago.
Is it me or is he really starting to look like Steve Jobs?
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