Tales from globalization — an Apple example

Two connected news stories about Apple this morning.
First comes word from Reuters that Apple is now sourcing its A5 processor for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S from Samsung’s new plant in Austin, Texas. The second story is from the Wall Street Journal that Apple the iPhone is selling well in China but is facing stiffer competition — including from fakes. It appears from the story that Apple is getting over 16% of its revenues from China and Taiwan.
So Apple is in the position of buying components from Texas to put into produces sold in China. That is an interesting turn around of the standard globalization story.

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