@Clairoyant, i do not think Apple needs to prove that they are patriotic as its a global company now. But there must be some government incentives. This move has bear fruits as Foxconn and TSMC are planning to put some manufacturing units in USA to attract Apple and other companies.
Bolaji, although i am not sure whether Apple needed positive PR but for sure this year has not been great for Apple. A very big loss of Jobs and then lots of negative PR (foxconn, maps, Samsung legal fight). So, your point of killing two birds with one shot has some weight. Though the number of direct job that Apple will create will not be that significant but they have been hailed as patriotic and putting pressure on others to follow suit.
I see some merit in your reasoning but we are talking about the post-Jobs Apple here. Look at many of the moves Tim Cook has made and you'll see a tendency not to ignore the public, suppliers, etc. Jobs made it clear he didn't care much what most people outside the company thought and that often included Apple customers.
More relevant to your argument, though, is the fact that Apple is merely moving a fraction of production back to the US. A supply chain that was designed without the redundancy that you talked about cannot be simply retooled to add assurance and guarantees of production continuity by tacking on PC assembly. That's all that will be done at this plant and the move also came at a time of heightened interest in whether US-headquartered companies care at all about high unemployment numbers at home.
Apple long made the case that it is creating and has created directly or indirectly hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US. That position is not holding water anymore when most eyes are focused on manufacturing jobs and the company is touting design engineering or Apple Store customer service positions.
Even if I am being cynical, Apple is killing two birds with one stone here and that's great PR, if you asked me.
It all depends which country you are comparing the US to.
If you mean China;I don't think there is much difference in Either Wages or Taxes between the US and China today.
The major thing that lot of people in the US miss is that because Unemployment today is so High in America;Employers have major bargaining power when it comes to Wages[And nobody accedes to collective action clauses] ;also most States Offer a lot of Taxbreaks as well as other related Infrastructure[Like Trained Manpower,Cheap Electricity,Promotions,etc] for really good and competitive rates.
Lets not forget its not just about Cheaper labor today.
The Surrounding Infrastruture and also the High Price of Crude Oil (and relatively cheap price of Natural Gas in America) are also very significant factors.
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