Apple products, which have long been made in factories in Taiwan and China, may soon be assembled in the United States, a recent report revealed.
Foxconn Technology Group, a major iPhone assembler, has reportedly been considering the possibility of moving its production plants to America, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
“Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” a source was quoted as saying. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”
Both Foxconn and rival Pegatron produce over 200 million iPhones every year from their massive factories of in Taipei, Shenzhen and outside of Shanghai.
The review further reported that according to another source, Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou is concerned over the pending rise in production expenditures which may reach approximately more than double the current costs. Both Foxconn and Apple have yet to comment on the report.
It is reportedly believed that President-elect Donald Trump may require Apple to manufacture a certain number of iPhone parts in the U.S.
Trump’s stance on international trade, particularly with China, has drawn criticism from Beijing who warned that iPhone sales in the country may significantly drop should any proposed tariffs and other policies that go against China be enacted.