The move is an attempt to suggest to the US president Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump that Apple does not really make all its gear in foreign parts. Apple has previously not mentioned this figure before.
Speaking at an annual shareholder meeting, Cook gave the previously undisclosed data at a time when Apple has come under pressure from President Donald Trump for building its iPhones in China.
“We’re always looking for more ways to help our country. We know that Apple can only exist in the US,” Cook told shareholders.
Cook named 3M and Corning as US companies which Apple buys its stuff from. But the figures look rather strange and fly in the face of similar announcements a few years ago. In 2013 Apple said it spent Apple Spent Over $3 billion with 7,000 US business suppliers. That announcement was touted as proof that Jobs Mob was building out its US supply chain.
Named by Cook were US companies 3M and Corning Glass. The figure sounds quite high but given that an iPhone costs $200 to make and Apple sold 290 million of them in 2016 that means that the total cost was $58 billion. So Cook expects the world to believe that most of Apple’s manufacturing dollar was spent in the US? Even if Cook’s figure does not just cover the iPhone, it strikes us a trifle high.
The good side about announcing a figure like that is that no one can check it.