iPhone 12, How many of its components are made outside the US?
The iPhone 12 has been on the market for some time, so it has already been examined in detail inside and out. And speaking of the latter, analysts from the Nikkei portal took on the task of disassembling the device and checking which components are made by the Cupertino firm and which ones are imported.
How much of the iPhone 12 is Made in the USA?
As a result, we now know that components made in South Korea make up 26.8% of the value of the device. In this sense, 21.9% of the components are manufactured in the United States and another 21.9% are manufactured. The remaining percentages of the quota are distributed between Japan (13.6%), Taiwan (11.1%) and mainland China (4.6%).
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The significant increase in the use of South Korean components is attributed to the adoption of OLED panels for the display, which are provided by Samsung or LG, who predominate in OLED technology. To top it off, Samsung also supplies the RAM chips used your iPhone 12 and 12 Pro.
Aside from displays, the contribution from Japanese high-tech companies remains considerable. Sony is the key supplier of CMOS image sensors used in the three camera lenses of the iPhone 12 Pro, and this is a fact that smartphone companies happily admit when it comes to promoting the photographic capabilities of their devices. Also, the battery cells are manufactured by Amperex Technology Ltd. (ATL), a subsidiary of TDK of Japan.
On the other hand, less than 5% of the total value of the iPhone 12 can be attributed to Chinese components, this due to the technology trade dispute between the United States and China over electronic supplies in recent years.
However, Apple continues – for the most part – to use assembly plants located in China. So, it still has a long way to go if it wants to stop depending on China in the future.