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Auditors examining working conditions at the China factories that make products for Apple (AAPL)...

Auditors examining working conditions at the China factories that make products for Apple (AAPL) assure one outcome: Your iPhone is going to cost more in the near future. Sanford Bernstein analyst Alberto Moel says the independent Fair Labor Association’s current audit of Apple suppliers will very likely urge workplace improvements, which inevitably means higher costs for Apple.
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  • Perkins Cove
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    One Chinese worker that does not commit suicide because his/her pay increases... is worth ....priceless.

     

    Suck it up...pay more for your iPhone! Or go without.
    1 Mar 2012, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • Machiavelli999
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    What will happen is exactly what you say. Some people will now go without an iPhone. Meaning less will have to be produced. Meaning less workers will need to be hired. So, now instead of having the option of working at Foxconn and making an above average living for one's country, the worker will be left with no income and be unemployed.

     

    Thank you benevolent liberal for your great perscription to our problem.
    2 Mar 2012, 12:23 AM Reply Like
  • Stone Fox Capital
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    Are you sure about that? Might just mean more subsidies for T and VZ.
    1 Mar 2012, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • Clayton Rulli
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    Instead of charging more, they should lower their margins. AAPL has Billions in crappy investments doing nothing.... if they had a few billion less would it really matter?

     

    Give me a dividend then I'd care
    1 Mar 2012, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • MarkS2002
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    "Give me a dividend"...Does this mean that you own the stock but are not satisfied with its growth over the years, that you would buy it at $550 a share for a 2% return and the chance that it would stabilize or sink like MSFT did, or is this just smoke you are blowing? (I got in late, at $160, and rode it to $495. Given what happened to my other stocks over that period, I am delighted with that outcome and certainly didn't miss the dividend, especially against those capital gains.)
    2 Mar 2012, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • Clayton Rulli
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    You are missing the point and skewing my comment by immense proportions. I don't even know where to begin to engage your inadequate level of thought. The point is if they gave me a dividend perhaps I wouldn't be so bothered by their exploitation of worker low wages. Instead, their 100 billion is rotting somewhere, not being used, and moreover not being respected/appreciated/... in the stock price/ PE ratio!
    2 Mar 2012, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • AnarchyAT
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    "The point is if they gave me a dividend perhaps I wouldn't be so bothered by their exploitation of worker low wages"

     

    Congratulations! You are a bad person.
    2 Mar 2012, 07:02 PM Reply Like
  • DavyJ
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    "... that make handsets and computer devices for many of world’s leading tech brands.

     

    The company, China’s largest private-sector employer ..."

     

    So it's all about Apple?
    1 Mar 2012, 10:31 PM Reply Like
  • J 457
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    AAPL is quickly becoming yesterdays cool attraction and will start losing momentum as the fad is replaced by the next new gadget. After Iphone 5 and the ITV what's next? The IStove and ISink and maybe the IToilet that automatically syncs to your IPod....geeeeezz, no thanks. I don't buy their crap purely out of principle. I'd rather buy a Samsung or a Dell, at least their not sell-outs like AAPL. The other problem with AAPL is your held hostage when you use their stuff. Either you use their platform and conform to whatever they want and give you, or your devices are useless. Not the case with my Galaxy.
    1 Mar 2012, 11:06 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    J

     

    Funny comment. Personally I am waiting for the IToilet.

     

    Seriously Apple is a device company and a media distribution company. They have done worlds better than anyone else in the market with respect to the latter and that service is tied to the former. All kinds of tech companies took a crack at these spaces and failed to deliver so it is hard to criticize Apple for providing a better overall experience. You are right in that it is a closed system but that is what Apple argues is why the experience is better. Self serving arguement that it is.
    1 Mar 2012, 11:18 PM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    the reason I buy apple over competitors is not fad related but quality of product, ease of use and stability. In the mp3 player arena I have tried many cheaper competitors ( Benq, GE, Sony, ) and all are now in the garbage or paper weights. The are not even close in terms of the end to end integration. I don't have time to waste with products which are not integrated and full of software/ hw bugs which I end up being a tester. I consider apple products as not being hostage but blessing as it is giving me end to fully integration optimized experience.

     

    After my fantatic ipod shuffle/touch exp I dump my dell for macbook pro - best decision I made and also bought IPAD2. Tried RIMM tablet - not even close.
    2 Mar 2012, 02:03 AM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    As for apples future here is one view. imho the sky is the limit and I predict ( dell , sony, samsung, ) are in for a rough ride. . Where is RIMM tablet ? HP tablet? sold for $99 firesales and RIMM days imho limited.

     

    http://bit.ly/xXbZp1
    2 Mar 2012, 02:11 AM Reply Like
  • Denny_Chasteen
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    Hey J. I was an Apple hater like you. In 2011, I bought an Apple iPod Touch. I almost bought an iPad. Instead, I bought a Dell Inspirion Duo. Here's what happened. I opened up the Apple package and got the iPod Touch out of it's pretty package. Turned it on. It right away asked me to sign in to WiFi. I did. It worked great. Right out of the box.

     

    I opened the Dell Inpsperion Duo package, and charged it up with that bulky charger. Then I turned it on. Put in my WiFi credentials. Right then, it started updating itself. The screen popped up and said "Updating... do not turn me off." It started updating and did not finish until the next day. That's all the thing does is install new updates and tell me to wait. One Microsoft patch after another. It's not useable. Plus it had shovelware loaded on it. They only shovelware on the Apple was iTunes.

     

    Apple works right out of the box. Most other stuff does not. Right then, I saw the value of Apple and invested in Apple stock. Their products made a believer out of me. And I am an old Linux guy and Apple hater from way, way back. I hated Apple ever since the first MacIntosh. But I just can't hate on this new Apple stuff. It just works too well.
    2 Mar 2012, 03:06 AM Reply Like
  • AnarchyAT
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    Quit being such an emotional fanboy. You are missing out on making money.
    2 Mar 2012, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Denny_Chasteen
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    I wonder what kind of conditions people who assemble the Kindle Fire are working under? Or Levi jeans?
    2 Mar 2012, 02:52 AM Reply Like
  • LKofEnglish
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    your i-phone will cost less not more. the fact of the matter is the key to the i-phone's success are its apps..the hardware matters of course...but the interface hasn't changed since its inception. with Window's 8 shamelessly copying it..."there's your answer." Apple keeps "pouring it on" due to it's fanatical developer devotees and the ability to take all the information gleaned from the device and do even more amazing things. heck Apple has so much money right now it could probably have the actual hardware of the i-phone made on a factory with nary a person working there at this point...
    2 Mar 2012, 05:24 AM Reply Like
  • AnarchyAT
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    The iPhone isn't going to cost more to the consumer, that's a ridiculous assertion when VZ, ATT, and Sprint will pick up the tab. Those companies are more than likely locked into contracts anyway.
    2 Mar 2012, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • John1138
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    Np, higher costs for FOXConn.
    2 Mar 2012, 02:20 PM Reply Like
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