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Life Cycle of an iPhone

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Life Cycle of an iPhone It quickly became Apple's most successful and profitable product By 2011, Apple has sold over 108 million iPhones worldwide. It's worth taking a look at how iPhones
were made and recycled. Manufacturing Recycle Elements The elements making up an iPhone include: ? Where do some
of these elements
come from? Tantalum is mined in
the Democratic
Republic of the Congo Rwanda Democratic Republic
of the Congo The income from
mining tantalum
created conflict
between these
two countries Copper is mined
in Chile Gold and platinum
is mined in
South Africa Then all of these elements were brought to China. is the electronics manufacturing company responsible for making the iPhone. Shenzen, China The iPhones are manufactured here. Foxconn's workers make $400/month Working 6 days/week 15-hour shift everyday Nickel is mined in Russia There were 14 cases of workers suicide in 2010 In response, Foxconn promised to
give higher wages to workers in Shenzen. Only if workers sign a legal document to guarantee they
will not sue the company
for deaths, injuries,
and suicides After iPhones were manufactured in
China, they were shipped to the
United States. Cobalt is mined in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Tin is mined in
Indonesia New York has the largest
Apple store in Grand Central
Terminal The iPhones are distributed to 250 Apple stores and other retailers in the United States. iPhone Sales Distribution in 2012 Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 - Glass
- Silicon
- Tin
- Platinum
- Tantalum
- Lead
- Phosphate - Sand
- Stainless Steel
- Gold
- Aluminum
- Copper
- Zinc
- Cobalt Over 1 million people bought the iPhones in 2007 Including Best Buy, AT&T, and Amazon. By 2011, that number increased to over 72 million With new versions of iPhone coming out almost every year, recycling became a problem iPhone 3G, 2008 iPhone 4, 2010 iPhone 5, 2012 By
Kiet Nguyen Distribution and Consumption As a quick fix to the problem, electronic wastes from iPhones were shipped and dumped in China The city became completely filled with e-wastes Businesses in China employed workers to dismantle the electronic parts from the wastes It is much cheaper for American businesses to dump e-wastes there than recycling it However, it created serious health problems for people living in Guiyu - Lead Poisoning - Cancer - Pollution The End Bibliography Apple Inc. "Apple Supplier - Responsibility 2012 Progress Report." Apple.com. Apple, 1 Jan. 2012. Web.

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Bibliography (Cont) Staff, Techland, Doug Aamoth, and Jared Newman. "Electronic Waste: Where Does It Go and What Happens To It?" Techland. Time, 14 Jan. 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2012.

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