Apple spent $60 billion with American suppliers in 2018

Apple has released an update on its spendings in the U.S. According to the company, Apple is now working with 9,000 different companies in the U.S. Those companies mostly work on hardware components and chipsets for Apple’s devices.

You may remember that Apple announced last year it would spend $ 390 million to expand Finisar’s production in the U.S. Finisar has been working on a key component for the iPhone and iPad Pro — the TrueDepth camera system.

That investment was part of a commitment to spend $ 1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced Manufacturing Fund in order to build new facilities and help manufacturers.

But Apple is already spending much more money with American companies. In 2018 alone, Apple spent $ 60 billion, which represents a 10 percent increase compared to 2017. The company estimates that it represents around 450,000 jobs.

In addition to Finisar, Apple names a few partners in its announcement — Corning, Cincinnati Test Systems and Broadcom.

Finally, if you take into account everybody working for Apple in one way or another, there are now 2 million people in the U.S. helping Apple as an employee, a contractor, a store manager, a supplier, etc. This number is up from 600,000 in 2011.

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Research: UK Smartphone Penetration Hits 58%, Tablets At 19%. Brits A Nation Of Online Shoppers: £1,000+ Now Spent Online Per Year


Research put out by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom suggests the U.K. leads international markets for mobile device adoption and usage, with mobile social networking a key driver of device sales and use. Internet shopping on mobiles is also on the rise — and the U.K. leads for online shopping generally (across all connected devices), with U.K. consumers now spending more than £1,000 per year buying stuff online.

On the TV front, the U.K. also stands out as an early adopter of on-demand TV watched via the internet, with Ofcom flagging up the role played by online TV players such as the BBC’s iPlayer in driving national usage.

The regulator has updated its 2012 Communications Market Report adding more up to date data and comparative info for international markets. The annual report maps comms technology adoption and usage  in the U.K. and internationally, comparing the U.K. with France, Germany, Italy, the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Mobile devices

The U.K. has one of the highest penetrations of smartphones of all the researched markets, according to Ofcom — with 58 percent of the population owning a smartphone in 2012, and almost a fifth (19 percent) of U.K. residents owning a tablet.

Meanwhile, U.K. consumers are downloading more data on their mobiles and tablets than users in the other surveyed countries. In December 2011, the average UK mobile connection used 424 megabytes of data — pushing Japan into second place (at 392 megabytes) and the US into sixth (319 megabytes), Ofcom notes.

U.K. consumers also use laptops, smartphones and “other connected devices” more often to access the internet than other nations, according to the report. One-sixth (16 percent) of all website traffic in the U.K. in December 2011 was on a mobile, tablet or other connected device — a rate that Ofcom said was higher than any other country in Europe.

According to Ofcom, social networking is driving “much of the use of mobiles” — especially smartphones — in the U.K. Four in ten (40 percent) U.K. adults use their mobile phones to visit social networking sites, while among 18-24 year olds almost two-thirds (62 percent) do so — a higher proportion than the other countries Ofcom looked at.

Despite the rise of smartphones and tablets in the U.K., the most common way for U.K. consumers to access the Internet in December 2011 was via a laptop — half (51 percent) of U.K. consumers said they used a laptop most often to connect to the Internet, while just six percent preferred smartphones and six percent other connected devices. Just over a third (37 percent) said a desktop computer was their most frequent means of accessing the Internet.

Online shopping

Internet shopping is now more popular in the U.K. than the other countries surveyed by Ofcom. The regulator said shopping online is being “increasingly driven” by the use of mobile devices. More than a fifth (23.1 percent) of U.K. smartphone users used their device to visit retail websites in the whole of 2011 — which Ofcom said is the highest level out of the five largest European countries. Germany was second with 22.6 percent.

Ofcom also notes that U.K. consumers have broken the £1,000-a-year “spend barrier” on Internet shopping — once again, more than any other country covered by the research. In 2011, the per-head spending on e-commerce was £1,083 in the UK, up 14 percent from 2010′s £950. Australia spent the second highest at £842, with Sweden third at £747, according to Ofcom.


The U.K. is the leading country for the adoption of digital video recorders, and on-demand Internet TV, according to Ofcom. Almost a quarter (23 percent) of UK Internet users claimed to watch TV online every week – driven by the popularity of online TV catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and 4OD. The U.S. ranked second with 17 percent, with Spain third (16 percent).

In other TV-related findings, the U.K. has one of the highest proportions of TV-owning homes with HD screens – at 41 percent, higher than France (18 percent), Germany (28 percent) and Japan (31 percent), but behind the U.S. (49 percent). Meanwhile 15 percent of U.K. consumers own a smart TV — also a relatively high proportion: the same as in France and more than the U.S. (where the figure is 10 percent).

According to Ofcom, the average U.K. viewer watches more than four hours (242 minutes) of TV every day, with only the U.S. (293 minutes) and Italy (253 minutes) watching more.

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SquareTrade: Americans Have Spent Nearly $6B On iPhone Repair And Replacement Since 2007


SquareTrade, a company that provides warranty repairs for consumer electronics, revealed in a report today that Americans have spent an approximate cumulative total of $ 5.9 billion on damaged iPhones since the device’s introduction in 2007. That includes the cost of repairs, replacement iPhones, and insurance deductibles for plans like the warranties SquareTrade offers, and in large part, costs incurred are a result of accidental damage, more so than loss or theft.

The survey claims that just during the past year, more than 30 percent of iPhone owners have damaged their device, and repeat occurrences are fairly common: 17 percent have damaged their devices more than once. Younger iPhone owners tend to be the most accident-prone, according to the results, with one in two iPhone users 35 or under experiencing some kind of accident with their devices.

The major culprits when it comes to what events cause problems? Mostly drops from a decent height, via either just losing grip on the phone (30%), having it fall from someone’s lap (13%), or it getting knocked off a table (11%). Water damage is also a notable iPhone killer, via either complete immersion (18%) or having something spilled on it (9%).

SquareTrade put together the report using a survey of more than 2,000 iPhone owners, as well as market size data from comScore current as of May 2012. The company has access to a huge pool of damage data around consumer devices because of its trade as a warranty provider, but it’s also worth noting that that line of business means SquareTrade could be a bit biased in this matter. I’ll also point out that there’s no comparative data as to how the iPhone’s repair costs stack up against other devices, but it is an interesting snapshot of just how immensely popular the iPhone has been, and how even its service market alone represents a massive, multi-billion dollar industry.

Apple’s next iPhone makes its way to consumers and store shelves on Friday, and actually looks to be a little less susceptible to accidental damage than its predecessors, with a primarily aluminum back that should better handle drops without taking significant damage. It’ll be interesting to see if that has a significant effect on iPhone repair and service frequency and overall cost.

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