According to a New York Times article, there are a number of reasons why Apple manufacturers abroad. Not only are workers cheaper, but overseas factories offer more flexibility, diligence and industrial skills. The article from last February refers to an example where last minute changes to the iPhone required workers to be woken up in the middle of the night, such a situation would never happen in the US.
Apple recently unveiled a webpage that showcases statistics suggesting the company supports more American workers than has been reported. The company claims it is responsible for a total of 514,000 jobs across all 50 states. Only 47,000 of those workers are employed directly by Apple. Another 257,000 work at companies that provide manufacturing, sales, delivery, and other support to the company. The remaining 210,000 jobs exist in the so-called "app economy" - the host of third-party software developers who create programs for the iPhone and iPad.
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