We have already spoken several times about the trade war between the United States and China that Trump has promoted, something that has intensified after what happened with Huawei. So from Apple, seeing that the scenario of the imposition of tariffs on the iPhone may be real, it already has an alternative plan up its sleeve .
And that plan is simple: that all iPhones shipped and sold in the United States are not manufactured in China . In this way, Apple would avoid the tariffs that the Chinese government would impose. It is easy to say, although on a logistical and business level it is a major action.
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Remember that those possible trade war tariffs that would be applied to Apple’s iPhones would affect only those terminals that are sold in the United States , so it is not necessary to move absolutely all the production of the iPhone out of China to get it. Only those that produce what is necessary to supply the United States, while iPhones that are shipped to the rest of the world can be manufactured in China without fear of tariffs.
In fact, it is something that Apple is already starting to do out of prudence : some iPad and Mac models are already starting to be made from Indonesia and not from China. Some other terminals will also be made from India from next month, where we will also see the opening of the first official Apple Store.