Might be the opposite by 2020
A place for the very few Indian women of marriage age to pick and chose from lonely hacker suitors.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex-selective_abortion And to be more exact
Taiwanese multinational and Apple device manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn is planning to expand into India, opening roughly ten factories and date centres by 2020, according to Indian government officials. Reuters reports the touted move may lower prices in "the world's third largest smartphone market where [Apple] trails Samsung …
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Reminds me that years ago I did some training for an Indian out sourcing company. I commented that the company I was working for was moving more and more stuff to Bangalore, the guys laughed and said they could do Birmingham cheaper than Bangalore. There will always be somewhere cheaper.
> ...the guys laughed and said they could do Birmingham cheaper than Bangalore. There will always be somewhere cheaper.
Yeah, Poughkeepsie NY, the Detroit of the northeast <g>. There ain't *nothing* there now. If it hadn't been for the Beast of Armonk having set up shop there in the 1940's, Poughkeepsie would already be tapering off it's latest resurgence (because it was dying in the late 1930's/early 1940's otherwise).
Apple reducing prices because their subcontractor moves the assembly factory to a cheaper location would only lead to a cut in the selling price if there was any connection between the final selling cost and the cost of assembly/BoM. As is often suggested in these very forums it's unlikely such a direct connection exists.
Indeed, Apple seem to choose prices based on aesthetics of the number rather than any connection to the priciest cost. Even when they reduce prices they always land on X99. Cunningly in the US the price is a rounded number before tax, and in the UK it's a rounded number after tax. They aren't the only ones obviously, but this makes it clear that reduction at manufacture won't necessarily change retail. But as I said above, they do reduce prices all the time, no idea why I was downvoted, it's a fairly straightforward fact to verify. Presumably someone who thinks Apple is still overpriced, but I fail to see why I should be held responsible for that!
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Another example of an evil corporation trying to screw over their workers. Foxconn in China pays it's workers dirt level wages. In a previous article, Apple, one of the most profitable corporations in world history, only pays $8 in direct wages to make an Iphone so don't expect Iphone prices to drop any great amount! They are using free trade agreements to find the country that has the lowest wages and a work force willing to work under slave labor conditions. The 1920's all over again.
Apple pay Foxconn to build their stuff. Last time I checked, Apple did not own Foxconn. These are Foxconn's employees, not Apple's. Apple aren't even Foxconn's biggest client.
Also, the value of wages needs to be considered in context: 8 bucks might barely cover two coffees in the US, but it goes much, much further in China. That's why Foxconn and Quanta have no shortage of willing workers queuing up to work for them.
This is a pattern that has repeated itself a number of times in recent history. Even the UK went through this phase.
Literally a few million American prison inmates, a large percentage of whom are "employed" as Prison Industry workers. Most are making office furniture for government contractors. Just one of the perks of the increasingly privatized US prison industry.
But then again, it would be a lousy public relations hit for Apple. Nobody cares about offshore economic slavery, but when it's Uncle Fester in a California prison ... that hits a little too close to home.
Prisons R Us will just promote their cheap labor service as "job training" for inmates, giving them skills so they can land jobs upon release. Not, of course, that they're likely to be released to a Chinese or Indian sweatshop location, but no plan is perfect.
If Apple offered for sale globally products manufactured by prison labour they would be in breach of the Geneva conventions. I nearly got caught once on a big contract purchasing a pharmaceutical intermediate from China - we did a last minute site quality audit and found the manufacturing site was actually an army-run prison labour camp. If we'd carried on with the contract we'd have got instant go-to-jail cards
A bit ambiguous.
Apple have dramatically lowered prices already. They already buy mid range parts at ultra low cost. It is only a few bits they make themselves, such as the CPU that is considered high end.
The ambiguity there is in who benefits. It is certainly not the consumer. It is about sky high profit margins.
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