Case Study : Apple Inc.

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TABLE OF CONTENT ABSTRACT I. INTRODUCTION II. MAIN BODY A. Companies whose chips feature in iPhone 6’s Logic board. B. Operations and locations of iPhone 6 manufacturing companies C. Information on Final Manufacture and Assembly III. DISCUSSIONS AND CONCLUSIONS REFERENCES ABSTRACT This report investigates the suppliers of the components found on the logic board of the Apple iPhone 6. We find that while most of the product design and software development of this phone is carried out in Apple’s headquarters in California, USA, most of its components were indeed manufactured by companies scattered all over the world. The final assembly eventually takes place in China and Brazil before being shipped back to Apple’s USA offices for warehousing and marketing. A key finding is that Apple reaps quantum benefits from the global nature of the electronics industry and in so doing, increases the speed of its product development while lowering its overall cost of operations. I. INTRODUCTION Apple Inc. is a worldwide-known technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, United States that designs a broad range of products including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, iOS, OS X, watchOS and more [1]. The iPhone is Apple’s iconic smartphone series which has become one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world in recent years. The iPhone 6 is the 8th generation product of iPhone series, and it includes a number of features that shows remarkable improvements from

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