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    Default U.S. Components in Apple's iPhone Supply Chain Detailed in an Infographic


    A report examining Apple’s component supply chain and global manufacturing details the source of the parts, workers and assembly involved in building the company’s devices. An infographic by Alex Hillsberg of Finances Online outlines the source of Apple’s iPhone components, right down to the rare earth metals involved in manufacturing high tech parts from its display and speakers to its silicon and vibration motor.

    According to the report, “most rare earth metals come from China,” noting that 90% are mined in Inner Mongolia and China. The graphic also presents Apple’s global workforce and depicts why Apple assembles most of its devices in China, emphasizing “fast, not cheap labor,” as depicted in an excerpt of the infographic.

    Hillsberg also drew attention to such rarely reported facts as Foxconn’s production of 40% of the entire world’s consumer electronics, including products from Amazon, Dell, HP Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, Samsung and Sony. Many reports describe Foxconn as being an “Apple factory,” particularly when describing incidents such as suicide and industrial accidents that have occurred there, even ones unrelated to the manufacturing of Apple products.

    Tim Cook in the past pointed attention to iPhone components made in the United States, stating in a 2012 interview with Brian Williams:

    We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the U.S. Next year, we’re going to do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States. (Referring to what was later revealed to be the Mac Pro.)
    Cook continued by specifically noting Corning’s “Gorilla Glass” face for the iPhone as being manufactured in Kentucky and its A-series SoC processor manufactured at Samsung’s Austin, Texas facility. When asked about the labor costs involved with moving manufacturing back to the United States, Cook replied with the following:

    It’s not so much about the price as it is about the skills, etc. Over time, there are skills associated with manufacturing that have left the U.S. The consumer electronics world was really never here," Cook stated. “It’s not a matter of bringing it back, it’s a matter of starting it here.
    It’s quite interesting to see the infographic for those of you who are into the topic.

    Source: Finances Online via AppleInsider

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    That and...cheap labor!

    Samsung is now facing the Brazilian government for treating workers poorly...and people thought it was just Apple, but the fact is the news only likes to cover the best of the best. That's why we hear about Apple and not the other companies as much. If you buy Samsung products then you support slave labor, death and unfair wages
    Last edited by steve-z17; 08-14-2013 at 12:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
    That and...cheap labor!

    Samsung is now facing the Brazilian government for treating workers poorly...and people thought it was just Apple, but the fact is the news only likes to cover the best of the best. That's why we hear about Apple and not the other companies as much. If you buy Samsung products then you support slave labor, death and unfair wages
    You are correct the little bastards will work around the clock for Pennies of what a US worker will

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    Kinda interesting that the US 'thinks' the electronics realm should be brought back even though it was never here. We assume we are so great that EVERYTHING must've started here!!! LOL!

    It'd prolly cost more money just to ship out these materials from all these foreign countries than to just setup shop where said materials are harvested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
    You are correct the little bastards will work around the clock for Pennies of what a US worker will
    You probably have no clue what the exchange rate is for the two currencies as well as the standard of living for those regions.

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