Apple Spent $60 billion In US But US-made iPhone Screwed
Apple says it spent US$60 billion with 9000 US component suppliers and companies last year, an increase of more than 10 per cent.
Apple said since 2011 the total number of US jobs created and supported by the iPhone maker had more than tripled from 600,000 to two million.
Apple forecast lower than expected recently due to the US/China trade dispute. But despite this, Apple is unlikely to bring its manufacturing closer to home.
It’s mainly down to component supplies. Literally finding enough screws and other parts in enough bulk, cheap enough and quickly enough to keep up with demand.
A screw shortage is just one of the problems Apple would face if it tried to move production out of China.
Apple says it has been unable to find a country, and certainly not the US, that can match China’s combination of scale, skills, infrastructure and cost.