The iPhone is Apple’s most popular and iconic product. According to a New York Times article, more than a billion iPhones have been sold since its release. That’s an incredible number of smart phones. Currently, about half of all iPhones are manufactured in China. Here’s the story, step-by-step, of how the iPhone goes from idea into your hands.
Sourcing the Parts
Before an iPhone can be manufactured, all of its parts must be sourced. Apple gets all of the components for an iPhone; the chips, the modem, the camera and more from over 200 suppliers around the world.
Manufacturing The Phone
Once the parts are sourced, they’re sold to one of Apple’s manufacturers. One major manufacturer of theirs is Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that has a huge factory that produces many of the iPhones that we purchase.
According to the New York Times article, Foxconn’s factories cover over 2 miles and can have up to 350,000 employees inside their facilities. About 350 iPhones can be produced each minute in these factories. The average employee earns $1.90 per hour.