Screwed by a screw - Apple will never manufacture iPhone in US despite Trump's demand
With problems between the US and China ongoing, Donald Trump had asked Tim Cook to make Apple products in the US which are currently being made in China. Donald Trump had said in a conference, “I told Tim Cook, a friend of mine, make your product in the US. Build those big, beautiful plants that go on for miles. Build those plants in the US. I like that even better…”
Back in 2012, Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook had announced that Apple would make a Mac computer in the United States. It would be the first Apple product in years to be manufactured by American workers, and the feather on the cap was that Mac Pro would come with an unusual inscription: “Assembled in USA.”
However, it failed to access the condition required to set a manufacturing plant. With US policies making the cost of production costlier, the supply of raw materials required for the same which has been overlooked became the major show stopper.
It is a screw that has screwed the manufacturing. According to few people who worked, there was a shortage of screws required to assemble the parts together. While in China apple used to receive the screws without any difficulty and also on short notice. Unlike that in the US, there are not many screw suppliers and the 20-employee machine shop that Apple’s manufacturing contractor was relying on could produce at most 1,000 screws a day. This resulted in a delay in the making of the computers and decreasing the sales.
Considering all this one thing which is clear is that although Trump has made huge announcements regarding Apple to start manufacturing in the US, considering the experiences Apple had in the US, it has no plans to manufacture the iPhone in the US.