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The US-made iPhone 8 649$ The iPhone 8 649 assembled in the United States$ The iPhone 8 649, which is not manufactured in the United States at all$ It's 649 dollars!
Is it credible?
In fact, Apple's design and production take into account a price range, not a fixed price.
Apple's marketing department already has a lot of data to show how many iPhones can be sold per price range in various coordinate charts.
This means that if the price of $500 to $1000 brings the greatest profit, it will be the next price range for the iPhone.
Do you need more evidence?
In fact, the price of the iPhone varies from country to country.
And the price will not be affected by different tax rates, freight or other factors.
Apple just wants to make more money, not sell more phones or spread them around the world.
If a country sells $1,200 at a suitable price, then it sells that price.
If another country sells $500 and has a better market, it sells $500.
Customs will block the sale of a $500 iPhone to a country that sells $1,200, and the iPhone will become more valuable because of its after-sales service, which the illegal mobile phone market will not enjoy.
If you are really forced to move back to the United States, there may be changes such as lower hardware rules or more software services, but the price will not be different.
For example, the iPhone 7 and 8 no longer compete with other flagship phones in CPU and RAM, but compensate for this by providing a more sophisticated and controllable user experience.
Some critics may see prices as "material costs" rather than retail prices.
The two are very different.
Another thing is that many people do not take into account the software part.
The R&D and marketing part has been done in the United States.
Today's seven contractors assemble six factories for the iPhone in China and one in Brazil.
If mobile phones are assembled in the U.S., but Apple still buys parts globally, this will change the price of the product.
According to market analyst HIS, an iPhone 6 plus sells for $749, costs about $230, an iPhone SE sells for $399, and components cost $156. Today, the cost of assembling an iPhone is about $4. If the job is moved back to the United States, it will increase the cost by $30 to $40.
This is partly because of the high labor costs in the United States, but mainly because of the additional transportation and logistics costs.
This means that the final price of the iPhone 6S Plus could rise by 5% if the total assembly cost remains unchanged.
Apple has suppliers in 28 countries and regions What benefits will this bring to the United States?
Apple says its suppliers employ more than 1.6 million workers, but only a fraction of them end up assembling mobile phones.
So even if Apple could persuade Foxconn or other suppliers to assemble the iPhone in the United States, that would not mean change, as Trump said.
So what if the parts were also moved back to the United States?
Nearly half of Apple's 766 suppliers - 346 - are in mainland China, 126 in Japan, 69 in the United States and 41 in Taiwan.
110,000 people worldwide are employed by Apple, and 1.6 million are employed by Apple suppliers.
The screen of the iPhone is made of Corning's Gorilla glass, which has factories in Kentucky, Korea, Japan and Taiwan, ChinA.Touch screens and chips under glass are one of the most expensive components of a mobile phone, costing about $20.
According to HIS, another major cost is the handset.
In both SE and 6S, there is a chip designed by Apple itself, which outsources the manufacturing process to TSMC, a company in Samsung and Taiwan.
The cellular modem used in SE is designed by Qualcomm at a cost of about $15, plus $15 for NAND and DRAM chips, $6.5 for power management chips, and $15 for RF amplifiers and transceivers.
Many chips are outsourced, so it is difficult to know exactly where they are made.
Imagine if Apple could make an iPhone from American Atom, then the United States would not rely entirely on foreign governments to get the necessary materials.
According to Ames Labs, the iPhone uses two-thirds of the elements in the periodic table.
Even outside the iPhone, it relies heavily on materials that are not commercially available in the United States.
For example, bauxite comes from bauxite, but there is no large-scale bauxite available in the United States.
Periodic Table of Elements The rare earth elements needed (not uncommon but hard to find) are mainly from China, which produces 85% of the world's supply.
We need the magnetism of neodymium to make motors or microphones and speakers.
Another rare earth element, lanthanum, is used directly on cameras.
And hafnium, which is harder to find than any other rare earth element, is used as a transistor for the iPhone.
In other words, "there's never a high-tech product that depends on minerals that can be made in a country," says David Abraham, author of Rare Earth Elements.
The iPhone is a symbol of American originality, but it also proves the inevitable reality of economic globalization.
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