Taiwan Dominates iPhone X Supply List With 42 Companies; US Second And China Fourth Reveals Detailed Study
News in the iPhone camp has slowed down. That's natural, given that we expect no major releases from Apple over these next couple of months. And by major, most folks think of the iPhone. But, Cupertino makes other gadgets as well. We've got the iPads due for an upgrade. And by iPads, we mean the A11X. While Cupertino did introduce 10nm on the iPad first, the A10X still cannot run all cores simultaneously. Apple's a big company, and today we've got a breakdown of Cupertino's iPhone X supply chain, for anyone interested. And if you're not, take a look at the images as a favor.
Analysis Reveals Taiwan Host To 52 Of Apple's iPhone X Suppliers; Mainland China Delegated To Fourth Place
Globalization and increasing interconnections between markets has opened a lot of avenues for business. Multinational corporations now have a dense network of suppliers. Any true gadget, car or other technical product is always manufactured throughout the world. Apple in particular is famous for its ability to come up with technological breakthroughs. This phenomenon's latest example is Face ID.
Now, folks over at the Nikkei Asian Review take apart Cupertino's supply chain, to see which country stands where. As you'd have guessed, the US isn't at the top. The data indicates that most of Apple's supply partners have headquarters based in Taiwan. These include several key components, including processor chips, lenses and interestingly, packaging.
At second place is the US, which supplies 'high-end' materials and chip designs. Japan almost ties with America, with 41 of Apple's 201 suppliers based in the country. iPhone X's CMOS, panels and other high end materials. On the other hand, South Korea's major contribution is OLED displays and China demonstrates its lack of technological sophistication at fourth place. The Chinese are responsible for components such as glass panels, batteries, connector cables and of course, large-scale assembly.
Asia contributes 70% overall, but as you'd expect, US designs the iPhone X's Face ID and chips. Which brings us once again to the iPad Pro. Apple will shift gears to personal computing soon, as it demonstrates the next iPad's processing power. Now if only KGI's Ming Chi could focus on the iPad instead of September 2018's iPhone. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.