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    The real question should be why Steve Jobs had to die before this happened. Corporate greed from a liberal darling?

    These toys should have been made here from day one. And liberals should have been squealing about this 'outsourcing' all along.
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    Steve was asked about this. He said he had no problem paying more to have Americans make Apple products. The problem, according to Jobs, is that there weren't enough people with the skills needed to make them here. If I remember correctly he said one factory (the one that made the original iPhone, I believe) had 3,000+ engineers employed there. Corporate greed played a role, I'm sure, but we aren't churning out too many engineers here which contributes to the problem.
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    Folks were outraged at the outsourcing. Why do you think they weren't? I haven't bought an Apple product since they moved manufacturing to China and that's a loooong time ago.
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    I don't give credit to Apple for "starting a trend" here. They are following a trend that began at least two years ago. Many US based companies have re-thought their use of Chinese factories and work force. Pratt Whitney has stopped using at least one plant in China making some of their jet parts. Otis elevator ( along with Pratt a part of United Technologies) is back in the US, Buck Knives, and Catepillar are a few of the US companies who have already returned some jobs to the US. While Apple might garner the limelight, this trend has been ongoing now for at least 2 years......

    I do agree though that in order for the US to bring more jobs back, we need to re-train in a big way. The old school ways of manufacturing are gone and have been gone a long time. And being idiots when it comes to jobs creation, we have done nothing really worthwhile to bring our workforce up to speed.
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    The issue, as the article makes clear, is that the u.s. fail to educate enough people. Which explains why fox news is number 1. A right to work state? China is the very working condsions a right to work state would have if it weren't for federal laws setting some minimal standards.
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    Wonder if they will be starting up a new plant in a right to work state? If not, I would expect to see higher prices for that line of computers. Wonder how much buying American is going to be worth to consumers. Historically, not very much. Would be nice to America gain manufacturing jobs again. I truthfully think this is a very smart pr campaign to keep Apple on the right side of those wanting to Target the rich, greedy corporations. It gives Apple the out of saying , look we aren't the bad guys we just invested 100 million to bring jobs here. Look at those other greedy companies we are on your side. 100 million for that? Pretty smart investment to purchase public good will.
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    This may be a good start. Getting the workers will be the next goal. The wages and benefits will have to be much better than are paid in most of the outsourced countries.
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    This is a good thing, but it won't be a trendsetter.$100million is peanuts. It is only a PR move to help the image of Barack Husssein Obama and his phoney policies and to protect them from BHO's plans to tax companies who manufacture products overseas for sale in this country.
    Now, with all that said, if Apple continues to open manufacturing facilities in the USA, I might change my mind. But, as it stands now, I don't see it being a big thing.
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    what will happen is, that 500$ i-pad will now cost you 750$ overnight, but since they have you hooked on "i-crap" you suckers will break down and buy it no matter what!
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    I sure do hope so iv been sick and tired of things being made in china before it was fashionable I wish everything was made in America by Americans there's nothing that can come close to the quality of American made goods and besides the only people to blame for the rise of china is American CEOs so if America ever crumbles it will because of greedy Americans
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    This is an excellent start but more could be done. We need to do more than just assemble the parts, we need to make them as well. The integrated circuit was invented by two Americans, Robert Joyce and Jack Kilby, and America was the first to manufacture them. There is no reason we can't return to our roots on this.
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    " He said the issue isn't about price, it's about skills." This is pure BS. When Intel first opened its assembly plant in Oregon, they hired people with no more than a high school diploma. Now they require a 4 year degree or equivalent military electronic experience in order to get hired to work in a fab. My experience was that none of my electronics training was really necessary to do my job. The company trained us for whatever specialized knowledge we needed. It is not really that a person needs all that education in order to monitor robots doing their jobs, it's about winnowing down the applicants in an attempt to get the best. It didn't really work in my opinion because I ended up working with quite a few educated fools who had never really worked a day in their life. The most dependable guys were the veterans.
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    "Over time, there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the United States," Cook said. Well, Tim, how do you suppose that happened? Could it possibly be because Apple and so many other American corporations began taking their manufacturing overseas decades ago? Doesn't it follow that if manufacturing jobs don't exist, our schools would not train us for them? File that under "Duh."
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    There should have been a "maybe" option, but I chose yes. If Apple starts bringing back manufacturing to the US then other companies could follow. Apple might be catching hell from the govt over there and it hasn't gone public yet. But expect the cost of your fashionable trinkets to go up.
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    Apple is one of the most greedy companies out there, they exploit American consumers & Chinese workers. At least they're fair & balanced in that respect.

    It's costs Apple $165.50 to make a 16GB iPhone 5, but they sell it for $649 (unsubsidized cost). Their new cables have an authentication chip in them do you can only buy one from Apple (until its reverse engineered). That was done out of pure profit greed.

    Building in the US is a good move but it's only a tiny fraction of their manufacturing. I think they should at least build-up capability in the Americas, help our neighbors to the south develop strong economies instead of sending all the work to China. Who btw is our #1 military threat in the Pacific.

    K, I'm done ranting about those damn 1%'rs @ Apple.:)
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    The worst part is prices are going to go up (how much, not sure but this IS Apple we are talking about....) and people will STILL buy it, just because it has that damned Apple on the back of the phone/tablet/computer. Jobs was a greedy and arrogant bitch, too. His cockiness was so bad, co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak decided he wasn't going into business with Jobs, after starting from the ground up by making the computers in their garage, AND knowing they had a multi-billion dollar industry on their hands.

    Sorry, I just get up and arms when people praise Jobs for excellence when in reality he was just the douchiest douche that ever douched this side of Douchville.
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    "Over time, there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the United States," Cook said. "Not necessarily people, but the education system has just stopped producing that. It's a concerted effort to get them back."

    An indictment of the education system if ever I've heard one.
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