It seems Apple’s outsourced labor is getting quite expensive these days, especially now when their Chinese laborers are making less than 1/3 price of an iPhone 5s monthly(read the irony?).
Apple has been accused in the past for using underage labor and under-paying laborers at it’s Foxconn-owned iPhone manufacturing factories in China.
And now, the Cupertino outfit is said to be investing $10 billion on robots that will help the production of iPhones, cutting the expenses of human labor.
“Their designs are so unique that you have to have a very unique manufacturing process to make it,” said Muthuraman Ramasamy, an Frost & Sullivan analyst. He continued, “Apple has so much cash that they can invest in cutting-edge, world-class machinery that is typically used for aerospace and defense.”
Their closest rivals in mobile devices, Samsung, are hungrily consuming market share with lower pricing of products strategy and Apple looks to be seeking to increase profit margins as it’s own market growth stalled in many divisions.