When I read Steve Jobs' authorized biography, it stated in part that Jobs had difficulty finding American Manufacturers willing to supply products (such as "Gorilla Glass" and the luxurious chromed and meticulously curved aluminum cases we'd come to expect as The Apple Standard) here in the US. Whereas he'd go to China and say "Can you make 10 million units of xyz" and they'd say "SURE!" and build a factory to do it. They were also the only people who'd adhere to his maniacal attention to detail... his insistence on Zen-Like elegance, meticulously finished and polished components that American manufacturers insisted "were never meant to see the light of day!!!"
Gorilla Glass was originally developed by Corning, but when they were approached, they said no... they were not prepared to outfit for a run of a product (that in their opinion) was destined to fail. After all.. wth would pay $500 for a phone?
So they, like IBM before them, gave him the go- ahead, and the rest.... well you know.
Hard to feel sorry for short sighted arrogant aholez.
I understand that's how AT&T came to be the only carrier on the block... they were the only ones with enough footing "To Take A Chance".
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