Apple currently builds its iPhones in China, among other places, but that may change sooner than later. According to a news report in Nikkei, Apple is discussing a move to build iPhones in the United States instead.
“Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” Nikkei said, citing a source. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.” This revelation comes in the wake of Donald Trump winning the recent U.S. election. Trump previously called on Apple to build its iPhones in the United States.
“We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,” Trump said in January, long before Apple asked its partners about building phones here and, of course, 10 months before he won the US election.
This isn’t the first time Apple has built anything in the US
If you remember, Apple began building the Mac Pro at a Texas plant back in 2013, the same year that Motorola announced it was building Moto X phones in the same state. It’s unclear how serious Apple’s most recent request was or if Apple will actually follow through with building any or all of its iPhones in the United States.
It may be in Apple’s best interests to continue to build iPhones in China, perhaps even in the best interests of the United States. In a recent statement to local news, China said it will stop selling iPhones altogether if President-elect Trump starts a trade war. Worse, a source speaking to Nikkei said it would cost Apple “more than double” to build the iPhones here. So much for those profit margins.