Maybe Apple really will make iPhones in USA


iPhone 7 back
Designed by Apple in California. Assembled by Foxconn in USA?
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The iPhone may soon be made in the USA.

Donald Trump claimed during his campaign that he would force Apple to move production of its products back to America. According to a new report, Apple has already started looking into whether that would be possible.

Apple assembler Foxconn has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, reports Nikkei Asian Review.

“Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” the site claims. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”

iPhones made in America?

President-elect Trump called for a boycott on Apple products after the company refused to comply with the FBI’s demands to create an iOS backdoor to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone. Trump continued to use an iPhone off and on after saying he was boycotting Apple.

Republicans aren’t the only politicians that have called for Apple to bring manufacturing back to the USA, though. Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders echoed Trump, saying he wishes Apple would make more products at home instead of in China.

During an interview with 60 Minutes last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said moving production back to the United States isn’t possible. Cook said some manufacturers would likely still keep jobs overseas, even if Trump puts a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports, because production would still be cheaper.