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Comment Re:Labor expenses are a tiny part of total cost (Score 1) 472

It's the supply chain. Nearly all of the parts to make these electronics are created in the Asia-Pacific. In many cases that's all the way down to the raw materials being dug out of the ground. The fact is that these things are assembled there because it's immensely cost effective before labor even enters the equation.

Right now only 200 million or so finished iPhones make their way across the Pacific ocean each year. Switching to transporting each individual component, just so an American can assemble them, creates a huge increase in shipping costs and time. Imagine the separate shipments required for the hundreds of separate parts that make up a single iPhone. If you're making 100,000 at a time, that's 100,000 processors, 100,000 displays, 100,000 batteries, etc; now multiply that by 2000 to get to your 200 million total. Now put each of batches of components on a carrier ship and have it make it's way across the ocean. Each neatly wrapped separately to keep it safe until assembly. That is a giant amount of needless waste in shipping cost and time.

What if you want to be "green", as well as save money, and reuse all the packaging materials for your 2000 or so batches. Well put all that on a ship and send it all the way back to Asia.

All so Americans can have the pleasure of doing one of the most boring jobs available to humanity.

Comment Re:Total automation. (Score 1) 472

Wow. Have you ran this totally non-obvious idea by Apple? Maybe you can use it as your shoe in to managing their manufacturing team. I'd throw a proposal together and get in front of them right away!

Apologies for the sarcasm but clearly Apple is doing all they can using automation. If you follow this stuff at all you'll know they are constantly investing in automation. Unfortunately there are thousands of things too dextrous for a machine to do. When your workforce is counted in the millions I can't imagine a scenario where this isn't the first priority on your agenda.

Also, there is a serious problem with task specificity. These machines take months to design and program; in the fastest of situations. Then you have to manufacture 100,000 of them. Investing that amount of time and energy in a specialized machine that can do a single job for the iPhone 7 but won't be needed for the iPhone 8 makes many of the tasks a machine *could* unreasonably costly and time consuming.

Comment Re:What a load of bullshit! (Developer here) (Score 1) 614

We *don't* prefer iOS.

Excuse me. YOU don't prefer iOS. I own a software development company with quite a few employees. All of us, including myself, prefer iOS. I am close friends with the owners of a prominent mobile game company. They haven't bothered with Android because it was a very big hassle to them and the return on investment doesn't seem to work out for them. We target iOS first because it's easy and fun to develop for. Android gives us endless headaches and has a comparitively horrible set of development tools that only increase our development time. Add to this the fact that the UI on all iDevices is seemingly twice as fast. The polished and fluid UI of the iDevices makes our apps look well written and in turn polished themselves; Android's sluggish unpolished UI doesn't seem to reflect badly on Android at all. To end users they seem only to blame the developer for its unpolished nature.

We only know that IDevices are usually used by total retards ...

Any business owner or software developer who shows so little respect to their user base as to refer to them as "total retards" probably isn't building anything that I want to consume anyway. I am an experienced developer with experience in almost every mainstream technology that has appeared in the last 15 years; I can be a hardcode techie. When it comes to my phone and day to day software use, I can, and usually am, one of those "retards". I enjoy simplicity, relatively few options, focused task type software. I don't need a trillion options or the need to "root" my phone. It is my belief that motivated people learn to use these things to their advantage to make them better and quicker at what they are looking to accomplish. Left to his own devices, Einstein wore the same style clothes everyday just so he never had to worry about what he should wear (his second wife changed this a bit); I treat my technology the same way. From your comments I would guess you're no serious developer at all, and if you are, I feel for your loyal "retards" who obviously are not getting your best effort. Wether you prefer Android or iOS doesn't really matter. Maybe try showing some respect to you end users and others who don't want exactly the same things you do.

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