Apple gets a lot of stick about manufacturing in China, and the issue came up again recently with the release of the iPhone 5. Apple sells millions of iPhones, iPads and Macintosh computers stamped “Made in China.” But it wasn’t always that way. China has been a manufacturing power for centuries. Even if Apple opted to move its manufacturing plant to the US, the job would not be finished once and for all. When it was opened up after the Opium Wars, there was some manufacturing in the coastal cities, but a lot of traditional manufacturing was destroyed by foreign imports. The factory in China where Apple products, specifically iPhones, undergo final assembly has approximately 230,000 workers. Apple products are mostly designed in California. Finisar is just one example of Apple’s expanding investment in US job growth and manufacturing. The reason behind the relocation itself is quite simple — iPhones aren’t manufactured in America because they simply can’t be. A tale of Apple, the iPhone, and overseas manufacturing. Put simply there’s not enough manpower to support the manufacturing of Apple’s products. A new report uses Apple and its recent history to look at why the success of some U.S. firms hasn't led to more U.S. jobs. Apple is reportedly exploring moving between 15 and 30 percent of its hardware production out of China. In 2018 alone, Apple spent $60 billion with 9,000 American component suppliers and companies, an increase of more than 10 percent from the year … The company reportedly expanded a team looking into … There are three parts to manufacturing the end products: design, components and final assembly. In 2016, Apple had 766 global suppliers, among which 346 were on the Chinese mainland.