Source: CNN Money
quote: Insourcing production though doesn't seem like the right idea.
quote: Apple's R&D as a % of revenue is about the lowest there is in the tech industry. Like Sony, they're fast becoming a marketing company selling other companies' products by slapping their brand name label onto it.Unless they revive their in-house R&D and production, that name recognition is only going to carry them so far before people figure out that they can buy pretty much the same product elsewhere for a lower price. e.g. The Macbooks are designed and manufactured by Quanta, who also designs and makes most of the HP and some of the Dell laptops. Those HPs and Dells which are "copying" the Macbooks? They're not actually copies, they just look alike because they were designed and manufactured by the same (Taiwanese) people.