Apple Says Trump's Tariffs Will Reduce Its Economic Contributions and Global Competitiveness

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has urged the Trump administration not to proceed with tariffs of up to 25 percent on a fourth set of goods imported from China, which would impact nearly all of its products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, AirPods, Beats, HomePod, batteries, repair parts, and more.


    In a letter sent to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer [PDF] this week, Apple warned that the tariffs would reduce the company's contributions to the U.S. economy and weigh on its global competitiveness:
    Apple outlined many of its economic contributions in the letter, referring to itself as a "proud U.S. company" that is both the largest corporate taxpayer and one of the largest job creators in the country:
    Last month, analysts at investment bank J.P. Morgan estimated that the tariffs could result in a 14 percent increase in the retail price of an iPhone XS, pushing the cost of the device from $999 to $1,142. However, the company could also choose to absorb the impact of the tariffs on a temporary basis.

    The letter was earlier reported by CNBC.

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  2. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    What apple fail to realize is that trump’s tarifs are GOOD for apple, not bad!
  3. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    How do you figure that?
  4. MacLoveMacHate macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2017
  5. dazzer21-2 macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2005
    How are tariffs good? Tit for tat just knocks up prices as a whole.
  6. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Apple has another option... They could decide to assemble or manufacture here in the U.S.A. Yes, I realize that their labor expense would go up, after all, we do not allow people to work for a few dollars a day, in horrible conditions, but they would have less in tariffs. Made in the U.S.A. used to mean something. I remember when I was proud that the Mac Pro was being assembled in Texas.
  7. B4U macrumors 68020


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
  8. sam2428 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Houston, TX
    [QUOTE=" However, the company could also choose to absorb the impact of the tariffs on a temporary basis."[/QUOTE]

    Hahaha. I'm sure that is exactly what will happen.

    We, the consumers, are always the ones who will suffer.
  9. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Globalists aren’t interested in a distinctly prosperous USA. it’s counter to their vision.

    Inb4 “no It’s not!” “What do you mean?”
  10. macpro2000 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2005
  11. Mr.Bigglesworth macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2016
    Ohh okay, so tim is afraid that now he can’t hand out multi million dollar bonuses to him and his fellow corporate fat cats ?

    These tariffs are a great thing. These god damn corporate executives 10’s of millions of dollars worth of bonuses every year when that money can be re-invested into lean manufacturing.

    Literally, it costs apple a couple hundred dollars to assemble an iPhone. Then they turn around and sell the damn thing for $1000+. Get the entire F out of here with that nonsense.

    These tariffs have corporate America scared as they should be !
  12. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Good. Force China to play the the same rules as everyone else. Trump is an arrogant jerk but this is something that needed to be done 20 years ago.
  13. AronDraws macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2014
    Burbank, CA
    I'm feeling some serious Tim face vibes this morning.
  14. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Something should have been done about this when VW, Datsun, and Toyota started importing their little crap boxes into the U.S.A. without tariffs, and destroying the U.S. auto industry. At least Honda figured it out early and built the Marysville Ohio Assembly Plant. At one time, even Japanese Honda Accords were assembled in the U.S.A.
  15. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  16. norbinhouston macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2011
    Greedy Tim Crook, of course he's against tariffs. His one vision was to manufacture Apple products in China! He's a one trick pony bean counter. Not a visionary.
  17. jicon macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Tariffs are never a good thing for small business. I question how a middleman - government- is going to help pay back the loss it is hurting. You and I with increased cost and tax trying to buy those needed goods, or businesses with loss of volume sales to countered tariffs added in other countries.

    That said, taking a pleading case from a company sitting on a significant warchest of money, who has built a habit of moving funds and manufacturing outside of the US isn't swaying anyone.
  18. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    I love that idea, but there are two problems I can see with whats going on. The manufacturers are mostly looking at moving their production to communist govt Vietnam. Do whatever we want to do to China and the manufacturers will just go to the next race to bottom (probably authoritarian govt) country (Communist Vietnam is the current hot one). The 2nd is the entire supply chain that makes all the parts has (for the most part) been placed in China and that isn't something just Apple can move.

    To effect the whole system you have to have a solution that affects the whole system, but would take a long time (say adjust all imports from countries whose labor costs are not within 15% of ours adjusting for labor & safety costs at 5% per year over 20 years so inflation doesn't go haywire and instant adjustments for currency deflators). What we have, just going after China at the moment (or barely modifying NAFTA to TAFTA) - in the end will change nothing for U.S. production. I was pretty shocked when GM just went ahead and closed those U.S. plants moving production down to Mexico for small cars despite the PR black eye they took from the Administration - they literally don't care.
  19. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Hold on, Tim Cook's obligation is to the stockholders. His job is to make them as much return on their investment as possible. He is not obligated to the Mac Community, the Apple Employee, or even the U.S.A.
  20. ajguckian macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    Hudson Valley
    Coming from Apple, I just can't feel bad. Take the hit, and be glad that we're trying to stop China from stealing all of your IP. I'm gonna bet that they are going to take the brunt of this, and will come to the table in better faith, finally.
  21. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    Sometimes when you are negotiating at the highest levels possible not saying anything is appropriate. Trump is trying to get a deal. Apple is a much smaller issue. Cook should be more circumspect when there are active negotiations and he may be unaware of very important information. I am not going to respond to any quotes on this thread.
  22. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    That's pretty hard for a president to do when the Democrat will fight against anything that he wants to try. Unions, who are generally very Democrat, have begged for tariffs for decades. No one has been willing to take this issue on. Trump is taking it on. Trump would have loved to have scrapped NAFTA entirely but as you well know, the left was preaching the doom and gloom if he did it. H. Ross Perot was right when he said that giant sucking sound when Bill Clinton signed NAFTA was our jobs moving to Mexico.
  23. NickName99 macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2018
    This whole tariff thing is one of the stupidest things Trump has done in office, other than obstructing justice to the point that he’ll immediately be indicted once he’s no longer in office.

    Hopefully he stops monkeying around with the economy like this before driving us into a recession.

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