, Harlequin wrote

I don't think it's just the low wages that helps Apple keep their costs and pricing down. It's because everything is built in the same area, or at least close by. Screens, brackets, drives, chips, screws...the transportation costs are low because they're all done close by. If you have screws built in Russia, brackets built in Dubai, screens built in Kyoto, cases built in Idaho...the prices go up because of the supply lines.

That's Tim Cook's point - everything isn't made in the same area...