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Global Tech Manufacturing

Where Do Apple’s iPhones Come From?

Apple has never been as popular as it was in the 2nd quarter of 2013. In the Q3 earnings call, Apple reported that 31.2 million iPhones were sold in that quarter. This was a quarterly record for Apple. Contrast this with 26 million iPhones sold last year. In this infographic, we trace the iPhone 5 supply and manufacturing chain. Did you know that 90% of all the rare-earth minerals used on an iPhone 5’s circuitry, screen, speakers, and glass cover are mined in China and Inner Mongolia? What does the rest of the world contribute to the making of the iPhone 5?   More

Business Partner Insights

Mobile Payments At A Crossroads: What’s Taking So Long?

The reason you may soon leave your wallet behind is because your smartphone will take its place and become the repository for credit cards, coupons, loyalty cards—and cash. However, before that can happen, a mobile payment standard has to be agreed upon by a range of interests, and then adopted.   More

Business Startup Culture

Crowdfunding Hits Can Leave Investors Empty Handed

There's a lot of enthusiasm about crowdfunding's potential as an engine for innovation. But not all crowdfunding is created equal. Case in point: the Elevation Dock for the iPhone received $1.5 million in funding from its Kickstarter campaign, but missed its projected April shipping date. The dock still hasn't been delivered, and the release of the iPhone 5 now raises compatibility issues, leaving backers with little to show for their investment.   More