Donald Trump Tells Tim Cook He'll Offer Apple 'Very Large Tax Cut' to Make Products in America

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a recent interview with The New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said he received phone calls from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates after winning the presidential election earlier this month.

    Donald Trump at The New York Times offices in Manhattan

    Trump told Cook it will be a "real achievement" for him when he gets Apple to make its products in the United States, as opposed to countries like China and Vietnam where many of its current manufacturing partners operate.
    Cook acknowledged the proposition by nondescriptly saying "I understand that," according to Trump.

    Trump said he is confident Apple will turn to U.S. manufacturing based on the incentives he plans to offer the iPhone maker, including a "very large tax cut" and "substantial regulation cuts" for corporations.
    A recent report said Apple asked its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn to study the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is said to be less enthusiastic about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs compared to China.

    While campaigning at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this year, Trump said "we're going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries," while he has also threatened to introduce a 45% tax on products imported from China.

    Cook previously said Apple manufactures iPhones in China because the country has put an "enormous focus on manufacturing," while noting the U.S. workforce has a smaller number of individuals with the "vocational kind of skills" needed.
    Apple also benefits from lower wages in China, where many of its suppliers are located within close proximity of each other. In Asia, Taiwan's TSMC makes A-series chips for iPhones, Japan's Sharp and Japan Display supply iPhone displays, and South Korea's SK Hynix and Japan's Toshiba produce memory chips for the device.

    Apple does have a Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, operated by Flextronics, but it is a limited effort given the relatively low production volume of its high-end desktop computer.

    Cook was personally a Hillary Clinton supporter, hosting a fundraiser for the Democratic presidential nominee in August on behalf of himself. In a company-wide memo issued following Trump's victory, Cook urged Apple employees to "move forward together" despite "uncertainties ahead."

    Apple as a company showed support for both the Democratic and Republican parties during their respective campaigns, but it reportedly withheld support for the 2016 Republican National Convention due to Trump's controversial comments about minorities, women, and immigrants, among other subjects.

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  2. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    Or at least a transition to making them here. I don't think anyone expects apple to flip a switch and make it all here. Would be nice.
  3. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    As much as some people hate Trump there is no way you can say this is a bad thing to bring jobs and manufacturing back to the US.
  4. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    It is if it leads to hyper inflation and no real growth in total production.
  5. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    That American workers are going to be happy with that kind of job remains to be seen.
  6. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Imagine, just imagine Mac prices when they get built in the west instead of cheaper countries in the East.

  7. 5aga macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2003
    Gig City
    Manufacturing will be mostly done by robots within 5 years anyways.
  8. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    So, future iPhone will now be made in the US by robots made in Asia?
  9. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I understand that it's an incentive for the greater good of bringing jobs back to the U.S., but why does it always end up being the big corporations that get tax cuts?
  10. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    Why would it lead to hyper inflation? Even if there was no growth in production it would help the US economy a great deal.
  11. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    But at least you'd save money on distribution.
  12. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Don't fall for it Tim, 2 seconds after you open the factory Trump will send the FBI to put data stealing HW in all your phones. Also who will work there after Trump throws all immigrants in jail?
  13. Nimrad macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    As you point out. The big corporations are those making the most new jobs.
  14. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    What, like the FBI wanted to do under Obama?
  15. webbuzz, Nov 23, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2016

    webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
    MAGA - Make Apple Great Again? :eek:

    It's a step in the right direction.
  16. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    We need to stop with this charade of manufacturing jobs coming back to the US. The vast majority of manufacturing hat comes back uses automation.
  17. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    You mean illegal immigrants? Yes they are here illegally. Why would all legal immigrants be thrown in jail? That doesn't make sense.
  18. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    All positive transitions are painful, this one will be no different. But you can't argue with it. It doesn't make any sense for iPhone and others to prop up the Chinese economy the way it does.

    Apple is a US company and should be creating jobs in the US, not China. I don't blame them of course. No one does. Apple is doing what any smart company would do today. Business is business. And Trump knows business. He knows full well that is has to become the smart business decision to build in the US...and once it is, they will.
  19. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    The American taxpayer shouldn't be asked to subsidize the domestic production of a $600B corporation. Those tax incentives would be put to better use helping small businesses instead.
  20. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    How does bringing jobs back to the US help if there's nobody there to take them? You can't just regulate your way out of a complacent workforce.
  21. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    Some people don't understand the difference.
  22. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    Yes, w huge taxcuts
  23. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    Maybe make the Mac mini in the US too next to the Mac Pro!
  24. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Good luck with that. I don't think 60K a year can be affordable vs what companies pay now for overseas manufacturing. Even Trump and his branded products are all made in the East.
  25. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    Given the disgraceful unemployment rate in the US, I'd say there are plenty of people available for those jobs. Once we get them off welfare and into the workforce.

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