iPhone labor cost is $5; min msrp = $650

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Markdek, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Markdek macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2012
  2. bova80 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    no wonder all these iphones come with scratches on them.

  3. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Are you going to stop buying apple products in protest ??
  4. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Yeah...but there are material costs, R&D, software development, overhead costs. It's not as black & white as you're making it seem.

    And of course they're going to make a profit. Apple is a business & aren't going to sell iPhones to just to lose money or just break-even.
  5. pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    I'm not this is the American way. Slave labor is the only way I get my iPhone now!

  6. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    How's this. We make the iPhone in America. Then each iPhone will cost $5000.

    Yeah, that's a good idea.
  7. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York
    Every company does this buddy. Name me 5 things in your entire house that are not made in Asia. Besides food and energy.
  8. brig2221 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2010
    and therein lies the problem......
  9. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
    Well I for one bla blah rabble rabble and I just think that yadda yadda jibber jabber at Foxconn and Apple.

    This that and the other thing labor costs and on and on about slavery and suicide.

    This is just etc. etc. rambling no one cares and Apple needs to do this or that, NOW!

    PS. Rhetoric.
    Am I doing it right? :rolleyes:
  10. bijju macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
    what about cost of engineers worked on Iphone 5 hardware.
  11. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Believe it of not, Apple isn't in business to make you feel good. If, by chance, they can combine making you feel good with their making a profit, that's great. But never forget that they're in the profit business, just like every other business out there.
  12. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    This is a prime example of someone who just doesn't understand how the world works... This is what's wrong with humanity... People read one article and then form these ridiculous opinions on them. Just like Kony... People form opinions based on one stupid video that may or may not be true and care for about 5 minutes. Then it's water under the bridge...

    If the iPhone was made in the US, you'd be paying over $4000+ for a phone. (If not more...) Then everyone bitches and complains that it's so expensive... Also, it seems people think Apple is the only company that uses factories like such. When in fact most companies do. You hate these 'slave labour' companies, but then you complain when prices are too high. Apple provides these people a chance to actually live their life. Sure, they may have long hard hours... But at least they're getting paid. If it wasn't for Foxconn, they'd be on the street somewhere, or possibly an even worse working environment. If my rent was only $14 a month, I'd be happy with $5. Before you jump to conclusions, do a bit of research and actually understand the whole process before reading one stupid article and making assumptions.

    /End rant.
  13. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    Apple built that better mousetrap. The price is what the market will bear.
  14. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    Don't forget the 100 billion in the bank.
  15. Aragornii macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    Thumbs up. This may in fact be the most coherent post I've read on the subject.
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    what I think it rich is people believe that.

    If it was made in the US yeah labor would be more but also units produced per labor hour would be higher and QA would be better.

    Reason being is in the US we would relay more on robots. In China and Foxconn they use humans as robots. Which means greater human error and more problems. Labor cost are not high enough there to go over to robots.


    Oh look someone saying I am sorry for Apple but really has not looked into it. Facts say other wise. Cost would not jump and quality would be better. Oh wow what a concept. There is a reason why Chinese made good are call cheap Chinese made crap.
  17. sagar4995 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    ummm.. i'd have to disagree with that. what "facts" do you refer to? if the iphone 5 was indeed manufactured in US, the costs would jump astronomically! quality wouldn't necessarily improve or reduce based on location. Quality is subjective based on the quality assurance of the company, in this case apple. Not all chinese made goods are called cheap crap fyi.

  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    People aways talk about cheaply produced Chinese-made crap, but lets face it, both good AND bad products that have made it to market have been made in China. The cheap Chinese stuff is cheap, and the good stuff isn't cheap.
  19. sagar4995 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2012
    Dubai, UAE
    yeah, thats exactly the point i was trying to make in my above post...

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