The X is a Frankenphone, see how Apple makes or breaks the fortunes of its suppliers

Spanning from Saudi Arabia to Taiwan, Apple's suppliers have been riding on the iPhone success or going through hard times in the past decade, depending on whether they are anointed with the kiss on the forehead called an iPhone component order. Nikkei just came out with an analysis of what the iPhone's 10th anniversary means for the Asian technology companies, and has made several infographics that showcase what a Frankenstein monster the iPhone X is, for example, created by tens of different suppliers' parts.
Apple has drastically reshaped Asian technology companies with its handset orders, but, despite the assumption that they've been nickel-and-dimed all along, the infographics shows how the participants have turned into real juggernauts in their respective spheres of influence. On the other hand, we have former Asian heavyweights like Sony, Acer or Nintendo, which have struggled ever since the iPhone put an easy to use computer in our pockets. About 70% of Apple's component suppliers are Asian companies, but not all can be well in paradise going forward, the report concludes.

source: Nikkei 

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. notfair

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

please add higher quality pictures next time, it's almost impossible to read them.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You have to click on them to see the higher quality versions. For some reason the site only loads decomposed potato cam quality pics.

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

To make the pages load faster.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And to make bandwidth for the 15,000 ads.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

as well as that fake virus message ad that forces people into installing questionable apps on mobile

15. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You noticed that too? I have factory reset my phone so many times because of this. Now that I have install Norton, it doesn't happen anymore (on my mobile).

7. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Well the ones at the source aren't a whole lot better though.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Many suppliers risk becoming the next GT technologies when dealing with Apple. If I recall correctly, GT was not the first or last to go bust but probably the largest.

4. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

8. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Well business is about risk. If they want to have all their eggs in one basket, then they will suffer what happens when that basket drops.

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Sometimes Apple forces them to have all their eggs in one basket by contract.

16. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Nope. They don't have to sign the contract. No matter how enticing the money is. So it is still on them when the roof caves in on them. lol.

6. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Every phone is a frankenphone. There's no way that you will only have one source of materials for products that sell millions. I also want to see datas like this for galaxy s8 and note 8.

9. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Ask and you will receive - brief list: Manufacturer Part Number Function Qualcomm MSM8998 Application processor Samsung K3UH5H50MM-NGCJ 4 GB LPDDR4X Samsung S6SY761X Touch screen controller Samsung S5C73C3 Image processor Qualcomm WTR5975 RF transceiver Qualcomm PM8998 PMIC Qualcomm PM8005 PMIC Maxim MAX77838 PMIC Samsung S2MPB02 PMIC Broadcom AFEM-9053 Power amplifier Broadcom AFEM-9066 Power amplifier Skyworks SKY78160-11 Power amplifier Skyworks SKY77365 2G power amplifier Toshiba THGBF7G9L4LBATR 64 GB universal Flash storage Qualcomm QET4100 Envelope tracking power supply Qualcomm WCD9341 Audio codec Maxim MAX98506BEWV Audio amplifier NXP PN80T NFC controller STMicroelectronics LPS22HB Barometer STMicroelectronics K2G2IS OIS gyroscope STMicroelectronics LSM6DL 6-axis inertial sensor STMicroelectronics FGBCH80DP Finger Tip touch screen controller Knowles SPH0644LM4H-1 Microphone Knowles SPH0644LM4H-1 Microphone

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

A price breakdown here -, shows the iPhone X was about $26 higher than the S8. Yet the S8 (base model) doesn't retail for $999, has premium headphones, fast charger and all adapters in the box. The main thing that stuck out for me was, Apple iPhone X display assembly is $65, while it was $76 on the S8. $999 retail price was simply for profit margin.

17. Nopers unregistered

“Premium headphones” nah, it has normal headphones “tuned by AKG”, you can get genuine replacements for those on eBay for $10

19. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

did you really expect anything different from apple? its why you buy a mac for a higher price while you can buy a windows pc for like 1/3 the price. even today you can buy a gaming pc with higher specs than an apple with a cheaper price (expect then nit picking replies about some alienware or some s**t)

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