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See Every Single Part Inside an iPhone

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See Every Single Part Inside an iPhone

See Every Single Part Inside an iPhone

In the past, we’ve broken down the extraordinary raw materials in an iPhone 6s, but today’s infographic takes it a step further: it delves into each individual component inside an iPhone as well as where it comes from.

Unfortunately, the data is not for the latest and greatest iPhone 7, which was only introduced last week. That said, it is still interesting to dive into the components and the manufacturers that make the 6s work.

What’s inside an iPhone?

The infographic comes to us from SCMP, and in total it highlights 34 individual components in an iPhone 6s. These parts range from German accelerometers to camera modules from Sony in Japan. Parts come from a range of eight countries, which include the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Many people will be likely surprised to learn that there are key pieces in the iPhone that come from Apple’s biggest competitor. At least some of the Apple A9 chips are manufactured by Samsung, but the South Korean company also produces display screens, mobile DRAM, and flash memory for Apple’s various devices. The ongoing relationship between the companies makes Apple the biggest external customer for Samsung’s components in the world.

Also interesting is that the manufacturing of physical pieces of bigger hardware (battery, screen, camera, etc.) tends to be dominated by Asian suppliers, while the technologies integrated with the printed circuit board mostly come from U.S. and European suppliers.

Technology for the iPhone 6s lithium-ion battery, for example, comes from three companies all in Asia. Two are based in China (Desay Battery Tech, and Sunwoda Electronics), while the other is located in Taiwan (Simple Technology).

Meanwhile, the following technologies from Texas Instruments in the United States integrate right into the printed circuit board: battery charger, power management, and the LED backlight Retina display driver. For another example, Bosch Sensortec out of Germany also provides two parts built into the circuit board: a barometer and an accelerometer.

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Charted: What are Retail Investors Interested in Buying in 2023?

What key themes and strategies are retail investors looking at for the rest of 2023? Preview: AI is a popular choice.

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A cropped bar chart showing the various options retail investors picked as part of their strategy for the second half of 2023.

Charted: Retail Investors’ Top Picks for 2023

U.S. retail investors, enticed by a brief pause in the interest rate cycle, came roaring back in the early summer. But what are their investment priorities for the second half of 2023?

We visualized the data from Public’s 2023 Retail Investor Report, which surveyed 1,005 retail investors on their platform, asking “which investment strategy or themes are you interested in as part of your overall investment strategy?”

Survey respondents ticked all the options that applied to them, thus their response percentages do not sum to 100%.

Where Are Retail Investors Putting Their Money?

By far the most popular strategy for retail investors is dividend investing with 50% of the respondents selecting it as something they’re interested in.

Dividends can help supplement incomes and come with tax benefits (especially for lower income investors or if the dividend is paid out into a tax-deferred account), and can be a popular choice during more inflationary times.

Investment StrategyPercent of Respondents
Dividend Investing50%
Artificial Intelligence36%
Total Stock Market Index36%
Renewable Energy33%
Big Tech31%
Treasuries (T-Bills)31%
Electric Vehicles 27%
Large Cap26%
Small Cap24%
Emerging Markets23%
Real Estate23%
Gold & Precious Metals23%
Mid Cap19%
Inflation Protection13%
Commodities12%

Meanwhile, the hype around AI hasn’t faded, with 36% of the respondents saying they’d be interested in investing in the theme—including juggernaut chipmaker Nvidia. This is tied for second place with Total Stock Market Index investing.

Treasury Bills (30%) represent the safety anchoring of the portfolio but the ongoing climate crisis is also on investors’ minds with Renewable Energy (33%) and EVs (27%) scoring fairly high on the interest list.

Commodities and Inflation-Protection stocks on the other hand have fallen out of favor.

Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party…

Another interesting takeaway pulled from the survey is how conversations about prevailing companies—or the buzz around them—are influencing trades. The platform found that public investors in Mattel increased 6.6 times after the success of the ‘Barbie’ movie.

Bud Light also saw a 1.5x increase in retail investors, despite receiving negative attention from their fans after the company did a beer promotion campaign with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.

Given the origin story of a large chunk of American retail investors revolves around GameStop and AMC, these insights aren’t new, but they do reveal a persisting trend.

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