Despite what The Times says this isn’t true:
Apple looks to buy Japanese smartphone factory
Firstly, there aren’t any smartphone factories in Japan. They’re all in China. Secondly, if Apple was about to buy a smartphone factory in a high cost country like Japan then that would presage their ability to build smartphones in the US, wouldn’t it? And that just ain’t gonna happen.
So, what is happening?
Apple is considering the joint purchase of a Japanese smartphone screen factory for as much as $820 million.
It’s a factory that makes the screens. Which is fine and logical. But which also shows us why it doesn’t matter a damn that iPhones are made in China. Because all the expensive stuff isn’t. The screens, memory, processing chips, software – all the stuff that adds value – is made elsewhere and shipped into China to be assembled. China actually adding perhaps $10 in value to the assembled kit by doing the assembling.
And, of course, this therefore shows why it doesn’t matter a damn that the iPhone isn’t “made” in the US, because in terms of value it already is. By far the most valuable part is the Apple brand and that’s definitely made in America, isn’t it?