• How Apple Got Screwed



    There's an interesting—and, I think, exclusive—feature in The New York Times today revealing what happened when Apple tried to assemble one of its recent products in the United States.

    The Times is spinning it as an iPhone story but really, it's about the 2013 Mac Pro (the one that looks like a trash can). Here's the meat and potatoes of it:

    In 2012, Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, went on prime-time television to announce that Apple would make a Mac computer in the United States. It would be the first Apple product in years to be manufactured by American workers, and the top-of-the-line Mac Pro would come with an unusual inscription: “Assembled in USA.”

    But when Apple began making the $3,000 computer in Austin, Tex., it struggled to find enough screws, according to three people who worked on the project and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements.

    Tests of new versions of the computer were hamstrung because a 20-employee machine shop that Apple’s manufacturing contractor was relying on could produce at most 1,000 screws a day.

    The screw shortage was one of several problems that postponed sales of the computer for months, the people who worked on the project said. By the time the computer was ready for mass production, Apple had ordered screws from China.
    Before you jump to conclusions I'm neither hating on Apple nor cheerleading for China here; I'm just giving you an example of how the west and east depend on each other.

    Source: New York Times

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