The report reveals that South Korea provides 26.8% of the components that are found in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. This is primarily because the display used in both iPhones are provided by Samsung Display and LG display — two South Korean giants. The memory chips found in the new iPhones are also provided by Samsung.
The cameras found in the iPhone 12 series use sensors provided by Sony. Japanese components constitute around 13.6% of the parts found in the iPhone 12, as per Nikkei, that did the teardown in association with Fomalhaut Techno Solutions. “For noise control and circuit protection, many passive components, including some as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen, are used in the iPhone,” states the report. These too are provided by technology that comes from Japanese companies, according to Nikkei.
While the iPhone is predominantly assembled in China, components from China are quite limited in the new smartphones from Apple. Chinese-made components accounted for less than 5% of the total by value, as per the report.
The report doesn’t mention what parts and companies make other components. However, it does reveal that 21.6% of components come from the US, 21.9% from “Europe, others”, and 11.1% are from Taiwan.
Asian suppliers remain key in the making of an iPhone, which is pretty much evident from these numbers. Samsung’s importance to Apple has gone up as this is the first time the Cupertino-based tech giant has opted for OLED displays in all iPhones. Samsung is a dominant player in OLED technology.