Why an iPhone could cost double under Trump

Would you pay $1,300 for an iPhone that was made entirely in America?

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President-elect Trump campaigned on a promise to get Apple to start manufacturing the iPhone in the U.S. But would you pay double the price for an iPhone if it helped make America great again?

In this week’s episode of The iPhone Show, we break down why it’s unfeasible for the iPhone to be made in the U.S., instead of in China. Based on the labor costs alone, a new iPhone under Trump’s plan could cost upwards of $1,300. And that’s assuming the U.S. has the skilled workforce to assemble iPhones stateside and that all these workers would work for minimum wage.

Trump has also campaigned for a 45 percent tax increase on all products manufactured outside of the United States. That alone could make the iPhone $100 more expensive.

What do you think? Is there a way for Apple to make its products in America and sell them for a reasonable price? Let us know on Macworld’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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