Dozens of complex reasons, including China's direct control of 95% of the world"s entire supply of rare earth metals:Too many regulations in the US today to have major manufacturing going on.
Entirely not true. The biggest reason, repeatedly cited, is that the US simply didn't have any factories producing the required specialty parts, and China already did.My MTO 2012 IMAC has assembled in the USA on the computer and on its box.
Apple has been making many machines in the US - just not a large percentage of what they sell. And if you look at the history Steve Jobs wanted to make the iPhone in the US but could not get waivers for environmental and OSHA issues - so he went to China to have it made.
Too many regulations in the US today to have major manufacturing going on.
Compare that to the US, where your factories could be states or coasts apart to get what you need.“The entire supply chain is in China now,” said another former high-ranking Apple executive. “You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That’s the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours.”
1) Nobody expects 100% of product to occur here overnight. Start small and build up.This government in the US is way too involved in everything - hell they are prob watching all of us type on our MAC's right now :>)
And seriously - here is what is written on what issues JOBS had with making the IPHONE in the US --
1) there was no company in the US that could hire enough people to do the work
2) there were OSHA regulations that would have made the GLASS screen impossible to make at a decent price (glass particles considered dangerous to breath in when polished - people would need to be in enviro suits to make in the US no just medical mask ect)
3) It would have taken 3-4 years for the factory to make the phone approved after all the licenses and regulations passed
They found it's actually cheaper to build it here than in China and pay all the shipping involved (final destination as well as components made in the US that would have to be shipped to China). This is the result of increasing wages in China as well as increases in shipping costs.Are you kidding? Made in the US is pure marketing on Apple's part due to the bad publicity of China iDevices. Steve Jobs himself told Obama that manufacturing jobs aren't coming back to the U.S. In this case Cook did it just because he wants the PR, and the Mac Pro is probably the easiest Apple product to build, so it doesn't appreciably add to the cost to build it here (and you can just bundle any extra in on the bottom line anyhow).
Notice the long video showing obvious American's making it, and the final bit showing the engraved "Made in the U.S.A just lathers it on.