iPhone: Made In Shenzhen, Assembled by Foxconn

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 9:39

the iPhone is quite simply the reason I believed in Apple as a company 18 months ago when I bought shares. As I have mentioned on a number of occasions, it is its telecommunicationally challenged brother the iPod that has been a form of rechargeable sanity for most of my time in China… and that is why when I saw a few posts on the iPhone supply chain I had to write this post.

Beginning with the recent Foxconn article in the WSJ, and my resulting post, I then stumbled upon Spendmatters’s Apple’s iPod Supply Chain post, which lead me to TEXYT’s article iPhone: Who’s the Real Manufacturer, which then took me the to Shumla’s post entitled The Apple iPhone Supply Chain, source of this diagram

iPhone supply chain

What makes these posts so interesting, is that the not only detail the various products that go into the iPhone (hint: component manufacturer stocks are going up too), it shows just how many steps there are in the process.

Software and design Apple USA
Assembly Foxconn?, Quanta, Unknown Taiwan
TFT-LCD Screen Sanyo Epson, Sharp, TMD Japan
Video processor chip Samsung Korea
Touch screen overlay Balda Germany
Bluetooth chip Cambridge Silicon Radio UK
Chip manufacture TSMC, UMC Taiwan
Baseband IC Infineon Technology Germany
WIFI Chip Marvell USA
Touch screen control chip Broadcom USA
CMOS chip Micron USA
NOR Flash ICs Intel, SST USA
Display Driver chip National Semi, Novatek US, TW
Case, Mechanical parts Catcher, Foxconn Tech Taiwan
Camera lens Largan Precision Taiwan
Camera module Altus-Tech, Primax, Lite On Taiwan
Battery Charger Delta Electronics Taiwan
Timing Crystal TXC Taiwan
Passive components Cyntec Taiwan
Connector and cables Cheng Uei, Entery Taiwan

What I found most interesting was how far Foxconn reached into the Supply chain. Not only do they supply a number of the critical components, but they are also the final assembler.

That’s right… the iPhone is Made in China .. Shenzhen to be exact

To bad I will have to wait another year to get one..

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