China-Made iPhone, A Thing of the Past: Welcome Brazil!
Usually, the back of the iPhone says, "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China."
A new Foxconn plant was recently built in Brazil and Apple has been trying hard to get their iPhone 4's produced there. A picture taken by a reader of MacMagazine seems to point in the direction that Apple is beginning to produce white, 8GB iPhone 4's in Brazil. 9to5Mac reports that this information has not been outright confirmed, but how can you argue with an engraving on the back of the iPhone?
On the back of the iPhone you will notice a slight difference in the logos at the bottom from the logos that you have on your China-made iPhone 4. The FCC and 'do not throw away' icons are still there, but the other four icons have been replaced by one large one. Another thing you will notice is that in the picture, the phrase, "Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China" has been replaced by, "Designed by Apple in California Indústria Brasieira." Another thing that 9to5Mac points out is that when going into the Settings>General>About section of your iPhone 4, the iPhone 4's Model number might usually be something like MC608LL, while the newer Brazil Model number now ends with BR instead of LL.
Apple originally off-shored their production industry to China for the same reason that most other companies do it; China is a developing nation and labor there is cheap. What Apple is finding though, is that they can get better deals in Brazil. Brazil would offer great things for Apple compared to China. For one, it's on the same landmass as the United States which means that Apple could have the merchandise brought to the United States on wheels instead of by Air or by Ship. This would be much cheaper for Apple to bring their products into the United States. This also means that shipments could get to the United States much faster when we pre-order new devices from Apple.
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