30 Surprising iPhone Facts!

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One day, recently, I got really curious about the iPhone. Of course, owning an iPhone for several years, there was a lot I knew about it. But I started wondering how much it costs Apple to make an iPhone and where iPhone components come from and how much have iPhones shrunk since the original came out. I wrote down a list of questions and began finding the answers and I was fascinated. So I turned it into a video, naturally.

This video made a strong debut on the YouTube channel — as strong as any video we’ve ever made within the first 24 hours. The positive feedback has definitely inspired me to continue producing more similar content. I can see why people like it: there’s a lot of really interesting Apple and iPhone facts floating around out there just waiting to be discovered and talked about. Well, here you go!

  1. Have you ever wondered how much it actually costs Apple to make an iPhone? Well I’ve got an answer for you: $219.80. That’s for the iPhone 7 and it doesn’t include R&D expenses. Src
  2. Obviously the iPhone business is a major cash cow for Apple that’s brought in over $621 billion dollars between the original and the iPhone 7. Src
  3. How many iPhones do you think Apple sells in just 1 quarter? Answer: 77 million! Src
  4. So how many iPhones does Apple sell every second? Answer 9. That means they make more than $6,000 from the iPhone every second second. Src
  5. Apple offers refurbished iPhones for 15% off on it’s website. They’re like new so it’s a really great way to save around $80-110 on a new iPhone. That’s 8,000 to 12,000 pennies off. And makes a lot of sense — I’ll leave the link below. Src
  6. The text within Apple’s book emoji is actually from Apple’s Think Different campaign. You know, here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, blah blah. Src
  7. It takes a lot of people to bring us the iPhone. The numbers are pretty staggering: in fact there were over 800 people working on just the iPhone’s camera back in 2015. Src
  8. iPhone components come from all over the world. For instance: the accelerometers come from Germany and the US, the batteries come from South Korea and China and the cameras come from Japan, the US and Taiwan. Src
  9. Most iPhone factory workers in China can’t afford a new iPhone (they make about $450 for a month of work, including overtime). Src
  10. When the original iPhone came out Time declared it the best invention of the year. Src
  11. Since the release of the original, the thickness of iPhones has shrunk by almost half! The original was .46 in thick while the iPhone 7 measures in at .28. Src
  12. The first official iPhone ad aired during the Oscars and it featured TV and movie characters saying hello. Src
  13. When the original iPhone launched back in June 2007, there was no App Store. In fact it was over a year before the iPhone got an App Store! Src
  14. When the App Store did launch there were just 500 apps available! Src
  15. Now, there are well over 2 million apps in the App Store! Src
  16. As of 2016 the most downloaded paid app ever was Minecraft Pocket Edition! Src
  17. The most downloaded free app ever? Pokemon GO. Src
  18. There have been 15 iPhone models released so far; see if you can name them all with me: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus Src
  19. There are currently 6 iPhone colors to choose from. Can you name them all? Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Product Red Src
  20. But actually you can make the iPhone any color you want thanks to a company called ColorWare — they will literally take your device apart and repaint it however you want. It’s pretty cool I’ll leave the link down below Src
  21. In fine print on the iPhone website Apple claims Jet Black is just as hard : The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products
  22. The iPhone experience isn’t the same in every country around the world. Actually Apple has a list of countries where specific iOS features are available and some features work in a surprisingly few amount of places: like news and Siri restaurant reservations only work in 3 countries each.
  23. You probably know the latest iPhones are splash, water and dust resistant — and no, that’s not the fact — the fact is that being splash, water and dust resistant aren’t permanent conditions. Right on Apple’s website in the easiest possible place to read (in the fine print) it says that the ruggedization will decrease over time.
  24. If you’re ever seen an Apple ad it’s likely you’ve noticed the name John Appleseed on screens; using that name dates back to Apple’s 2nd CEO Mike Markkula who used to use it in association with the Apple II. Src
  25. President Trump uses an iPhone to Tweet these days even though he once called for a boycott on Apple. Src
  26. iPhone owners hang on to their phones slightly longer than Android users — possibly because Apple only does a major new iPhone release every other years. Src
  27. When you go through Apple to recycle your iPhone, between 70-85% of the components (by weight) are collected.  Src
  28. At this year’s Coachella music festival a their who stole more than 100 phones was caught using Apple’s Find My iPhone feature. Src
  29. Apple site: Battery has limited recharge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced by an Apple authorized service provider.
  30. The glasses icon in Safari that lets you add a site to your reading list… those are Steve Job’s glasses. Src

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