Apple has faced a lot of criticism over the last couple of years because of its business with Foxconn, the company that manufactures the iPhone and the iPod. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said Apple cares about every worker in its supply chain, a response to allegations that workers manufacturing our iPhones and iPads were being treated badly, and earlier this year he paid a visit to one of Foxconn's facilities during a business trip to China. Last night, Tim Cook talked a little bit about why it's hard to reduce the number of overtime workers in China are doing.
"Some people want to work a lot," Cook said. "They want to move and work for a year or two, and then move back to their village and bring back as much money as they can." Apple's CEO went on to say that Apple is micromanaging the situation, tracking 700,000 workers in China, and that the company now has 95 percent compliance.
When asked about the possibility of Apple one day producing a product that was both designed and assembled in the United States of America, Cook said, "I want there to be," adding that components for the iPhone and iPad, including the glass for the displays, is made in the U.S. However, considering comments made earlier in the evening, it doesn't seem likely, at least not for now. When Kara Swisher asked why Apple didn't have its own operations in China, Cook said it was because he didn't think Apple could do a better job.
"We decided a decade ago there were things Apple could do best, and that there were other things that somebody else can do as well or better," Cook told Swisher. "Manufacturing was one of those." He's later quoted as saying, "I think that's still true."