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Description:  In my previous post, “The Real Reason the U.S. Doesn’t Make iPhones: We Wouldn’t Want To,” I argued that the current cost structure does not make any sense to assemble iPhones in America. I argued that we would be better off focusing on designing iPhones but letting the Chinese handle the assembly. The article has generated quite a few responses and heated debates. After some periods of soul searching, I have come to realize that I need to revise my original conclusion. So, I say yes, we can make iPhones in America.


Date: Sep 07, 2012


Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the reasons given for locating iPhone assembly plants in China rather than the US?
  • What alternatives are presented in this report?
  • Do you agree with the assessment by Baizhuchen Chen?

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