I believe this manufacturing move is just a test. I also believe we can speculate all what we want, but only Apple knows the real reason. It all smells like a test. Manufacturing only a part of the Macs in the US is not going to hurt Apple if the test --whatever they are testing-- doesn't work.
I believe there is no such thing as a patriotic move. That's why I am interested in knowing about this option from the poll, and why people have voted for it.
What is the reason that makes them think Apple's manufacturing move is a "patriotic move"?
Why do you think there is such thing as a "patriotic move", for instance? Do you have an example?
Business is business. A business is only going to do what is good for the business. If Apple is moving part of its Mac manufacturing to the US there is a reason for that, and that reason only concerns business, and Apple's benefit.
Not even Nokia thought it twice when it saw the convenience of moving its manufacturing plants elsewhere. And you know how important Nokia was (not sure if still is) for the Finns. Do you see my point? Business is business. There is no poetry or patriotism in it.
Clairvoyant, this poll shows our perception based on what we read or hear or logical thinking. The real reason perhaps we will never know. There might be combination of differnet reasons not covered in this poll.
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