Why your iPhone may never be Made in the USA ... "Made in America" is rare, even though polls show Americans want it.


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The manufacture in America movement is a scam. It will never happen.

In 2011 Steve Jobs said the overseas jobs "will never come back".

Steve Jobs was a rational realist while the scammers claiming jobs can return to the USA are fantasizers, dreamers, and scammers.

American retailers make bigger profits from selling Chinese goods than they would from selling US manufactured goods.

The same applies in Australia. If any product in Australia becomes successful it will have to move overseas, probably to China because Australia doesn't have the ability or resources for large-scale manufacturing.


... Today, millions more American manufacturing jobs have shifted overseas, and many companies almost entirely rely on factories that are a boat, plane or long-haul drive away from their customers. But now that may be starting to change.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed how fragile this whole system is. Many factories in China were forced to shut down as the virus began its spread. But that wasn't all. Even as Chinese factories began to slowly restart manufacturing, companies faced disruptions in shipping, trucking, air travel. And soon enough, shelves in stores around the country started to go empty.

Manufacturing experts and advocates say the last year highlighted how, even in a pinch, American factories haven't been able to fill the gap. It's also partly why in January, President Joe Biden signed an executive order bolstering "Buy American" rules, encouraging the federal government to spend its multitrillion-dollar budget purchasing goods with up to 75% of parts made in the US. Boosting demand for American products, he hopes, will get companies to start reinvesting in manufacturing back home to fill that demand.

Those jobs aren't coming back.
Apple's Steve Jobs in 2011

Biden isn't alone in trying to solve this problem. Jobs' successor, CEO Tim Cook, pledged in April that Apple will spend $430 billion on US investments that'll add 20,000 jobs in the United States over the next five years to work on 5G wireless, artificial intelligence and silicon chips.

But there's a limit to how far this can go. Even with that multibillion-dollar investment, it's unlikely Apple and Cook will make US manufacturing the next big thing for key Apple products. The iPhone, Apple's top moneymaker, will most likely continue to be assembled at factories in China for many years to come. To make that change, the US would need to spend years investing in new manufacturing technologies while offsetting lower wages and other costs from overseas, experts and advocates say. The United States would also need to rebuild its apprenticeship and education systems to improve the pipeline of American workers for manufacturing jobs, and convince people it's a worthwhile career field to join.

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The global supply chain of parts for the products Americans love — mobile phones, cars, computers, refrigerators, silverware, patio furniture — would need to expand back to American shores too.

But perhaps the biggest hurdle to American manufacturing is you and me, our friends and families. We vote with our wallets. And even though "Buy American" polls well, we all seem to keep buying stuff no matter where it comes from. ...