Trump tells Cook that he'll give Apple incentives to move iPhone production to the U.S.

Trump tells Cook that he'll give Apple incentives to move iPhone production to the U.S.
During Tuesday's sit down with the New York Times, President-Elect Donald Trump mentioned a conversation he had after the election with Apple CEO Tim Cook. After the election, Cook reached out to Trump to congratulate him, according to the President-Elect. Trump also relayed part of the conversation that dealt with moving iPhone production to the U.S.

Humility not being one of his prominent traits, Trump steered the conversation to himself by saying that it would be a real feather in his hat if he could get Apple to build a factory in the U.S. instead of China or Vietnam. Trump continued by saying that he would offer incentives to Apple that Trump believes will end up with a spanking new Apple plant being built in the U.S. The President-Elect also reportedly told Cook that his administration is planning on submitting to Congress a huge business tax cut that Cook will be happy about.

We must say that Apple might have seen which way the wind was blowing before others did. A recent report out of Japan stated that back in June, Apple had asked Foxconn and Pegatron, two of the contract manufacturers that assemble the iPhone in Asia, about creating a plan to build the device in the U.S. According to the report, Foxconn agreed to look into it while Pegatron cited the prohibitive cost of such a move to turn down Apple.

While building the iPhone in the U.S. would be positive for Trump's hyper-sensitive ego, and bring more jobs to the U.S., it would also result in a huge price jump for the iPhone as Apple would have to pay more for components and labor. And if Apple can't raise the price of the device to cover its higher costs, its margins will shrink.


It's still way too early to predict what will happen when Trump takes over. After all, his new tone with Apple is a far cry from the Boycott Apple stance he took during the campaign. Back then, he was upset with Apple for not unlocking the iPhone that belonged to a deceased terrorist.

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source: NYTimes via CNET

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81 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This POS is gonna be a horrible President.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

How did we end up with Trump and Hillary as candidates?

6. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That's who primary voters chose. We ended up with the guy who was the worst candidate in the entire primary field as president.

18. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

The establishment only think for themselves. That bubble burst in their faces (would have also done so with Bernie Sanders who would have defeated Trump)...What goes up must come down. Just like with Microsoft's domination in the computer (general terms including smartphones) market. (Not saying Bill Gates' company is anywhere near going out of business, but when thinking of modern computing, Google and Apple come to mind first).

32. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

wtf...two of the worst candidates ever, i could not believe the choice LOL

55. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Other than Bernie though, who else was better exactly? From the republicans you have an infinite number of liars, sycophants, idiots and career politicians, which technically makes them worse than trump. The democrat nominees were no name retards and Bernie was the only one left. When people say two of the "worst", they don't realize that this is the bottom of the barrel. They're all of the same s**tty caliber...except Bernie.

64. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Not true. You're basing that all on opinion on who you like. Yes Trump and Hillary are garbage but Gary Johnson would've been a much better president. And FYI none of them are technically worse than Trump. No one. He can barely speak coherently. Is one ugly mofo yet bashes the looks of other people. The irony. Oh and his mail order wife who used to be a hooker.

67. chadcy

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Two Words. Joe Biden. Not even close. Can relate to the working class American, no Clinton U-Haul Baggage, isn't on tape saying disrespectful things about ____, and understands military and foreign policy issues. The best Presidential candidate that didn't run but would have beat both Hill and Bern, but can't disagree with some of Bernie's message though.

4. bigsimpd

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Wat up Big Swole?

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What up big dawg.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Then you should move to Canada and stop whining. People in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania have spoken and they need job so shut up

7. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Moving to Canada is a cowardly move. The majority of Americans who voted against the POS will stay and fight him.

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

If you all brainwashed liberals keep doing this I'm not surprised to see LePen and AfD in 2017, we silent majority fed up so much with all of these political correctness, you said you want free speech but beat us down when you disagree. I voted Trump not because I agree him, but just because I can for a revenge against establishment. I'm a Bernie supporter and Latinos mind you!

13. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

So you voted for the opposite of Bernie? And someone who Bernie hates? You don't sound like a loyal supporter... He pleaded with his supporters to make sure Trump doesn't become POTUS. Your vote for Trump was basically a big "f**k YOU" to Bernie.

25. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Yes, I vote as a punishment to him for endorsing the establishment. Why is it ok to be his loyal supporters but not ok when Apple user line up for iPhone? Sorry I'm no loyal to anyone but my own country! Bernie is spineless, I wasted my money to his campaign and guest what, he sent this money to that status quo wit*h and believe money will change her mind, which never happened! She's with Goldman Sachs Wall Street and Saudi, solid fact from the Clinton foundation. We don't chant 'Trump' in his campaign because we don't really support him. We chant 'USA!'

83. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

She's with Goldman Sachs and Trump is gonna name JP Morgan's CEO to his Cabinet. They're ALL PART OF THE SAME ESTABLISHMENT. You goofs just fell for Trump's words lol. All Trump did was prove that (a lot of) Americans are gullible. He's been friends with the Clinton's for years, right up until he decided to run for president. Hmmm... odd don't you think? He's also been a registered Democrat most of his life.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Free speech only means the government won't do anything to you. I nor anyone else here is a part of the government. You can say whatever you want but if someone is offended they will say whatever they want. And the majority of Americans spoke up on Election day and we voted against the POS Donald.

57. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Tears, tears everywhere. If I lived in the US I would vote for trump just to shut the media up and watch all the emos crying.

8. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Dont be dumb... Im in Ohio and i didnt vote for this idiot. Need a job? Go get an education instead of complaining that some other nationally took your job.. Its really effing simple

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Funny because I need job I end up working in China, not anymore, this President will make miracle I'm going back to my homeland

29. Awalker

Posts: 1968; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

There's no personal responsibility. They want to blame others for their lot in life instead of trying to better themselves.

10. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Agreed they need jobs, but now Apple is gonna be producing even more expensive products, they're gonna sell less, then make cut backs. What's the first to go when a company makes cut backs? Jobs.

15. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

For not doing so Apple will imposed 35% import duty so either way Apple will increase it's price. Regardless the iPhone price smart user will buy Android in the end. Increase iPhone price will only punish iPhone user aka elites

22. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

It's not that easy to impose that import duty lol. Forcing Apple to make their phones in the US and imposing that import goes against capitalism lol. Which most of the Republicans in the government will vote against. And most Democrats too, just to go against Trump (Like what the Republicans have been doing to Obama).

75. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Apple already make the majority of the profits when it comes to the mobile market, they have no reason to cut jobs or raise prices. Well they have one, greed.

36. lyndon420

Posts: 6604; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Don't come to Canada because it sucks here, and there's already too many people. Give Trump a few months to get his ducks in a row before deciding to come here, because if he can pull off the majority of what he's been promising there might be a big wave of us heading south.

82. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Please leave Canada, we don't want you here.

84. lyndon420

Posts: 6604; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I say that all the time...gets me nowhere lol. We're supposed to be nice to the people who don't belong here...it's a joke.

39. willard12 unregistered

Unemployment rates by state as of October 2016: Michigan - 4.7% Ohio - 4.9% Pennsylvania - 5.8 % Wisconsin - 4.1‰ Good luck to President-Elect Trump lowering those rates. But, if he does, it will probably be because he starts with himself and moves his Trump Clothing manufacturing from China, Mexico, and The Philippines. He is President-Elect. So, in 4 years, let's see if he beats those numbers.

41. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You must be joking for trusting these official number, by adding up discouraged workers it could be end up around 20% unemployed. If it's California it can be as high as 35%. Go to the random Street in Los Angeles you will see many homeless resting around.

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