Source: The New York Times
quote: There is no problem in investing extra factories in China to cope with demand and in doing so lower the load of current factories
quote: what about those shareholders who have invested many times that?
quote: They have the profit levels now to easily support infrastructure expansion within our nation. Instead of building some stupid, round fancy corporate headquarters, build factories to do things right, here.
quote: The iPhone cannot be built in America. It just can't. It's really sad that you wont admit this.
quote: Instead of focusing on huge profit margins (they are HUGE), they could instead move their production to the USA
quote: I'd happily pay ten or fifteen percent more for anything I buy if I knew it were made in America.
quote: Are you being serious?
quote: Please! 10-15? It would cost something like 300% more to build the iPhone here.
quote: No, I'm being idealistic right now. ;)
quote: Is it really Apple's responsibility to do this? No. Is it ideal? Yes. Would it set an example that others could follow? Yes.
quote: Stating the parts cost about 188.00 for a 4S. Add in the manufacturing costs and they go up to 196.00 total. Wait, manufacturing _only_ costs... 8.00? Yes, that's correct. 8 bucks to manufacture the thing.
quote: No I think that would more likely be the death of the company quite frankly. Or at the very least marginalize them to the point they would no longer be a competitive entity. Apple would become the new RIM.
quote: In short, unless we train an abundance of engineers, are willing to work for 12+ hours straight without the need to see your kids, and are willing to wake up at 1am to work, without overtime, the inconvenient truth is that the manufacturing jobs are not returning home.
quote: That's why when Obama asked Jobs, what it would take for the manufacturing jobs to return to the US, Jobs simply replied, "they aren't coming back".
quote: Why not you do something and not talk and talk is cheap.
quote: But then it makes my day to see so much envy and hate for a company which 10 years ago was on its death bed.
quote: Btw taking care of the people is the government's job
quote: Climb down from that high horse
quote: Different economies of scale affects factory conditions. Last time I checked no one committed suicide when they weren't making iphones.
quote: Just waiting for someone to say "I'm glad I don't use Apple products!"
quote: Apple is doing the only thing they can to meet the insane demand on their products.
quote: But Apple isn't the one doing that. The Chinese Government is!
quote: You really need to relax kid.
quote: Is DT so anti-business that even something this clear cut needs to be twisted this much?
quote: I can sympathize with the Foxconn workers.
quote: I'm lucky that I live in a country where I can leave a lousy job and have a good chance at finding another one that is acceptable, they aren't that lucky.
quote: I am not anti-business, I'm pro ethical business.
quote: Apple's Suppliers Continuously Violate Code of Conduct, Apple Does Nothing to Change It
quote: "Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost," said Li Mingqi, a former Foxconn Technology manager at the Chengdu factory. "Workers' welfare has nothing to do with their interests."
quote: When you outsource production those costs are no longer under your control.
quote: at least Apple do have a written policy and it seems to me they are making a concerted effort to ensure suppliers stick to the policy.
quote: What are they supposed to do when they are being lied to themselves?