Smartphones are a staple of everyday modern life: people are seemingly fixed to their phones 24/7. But have you ever thought about what’s going on inside this small gadget? Visual Capitalist recently released an infographic showing all the raw materials that go into an iPhone 6s. It makes for an interesting read, so we thought we’d share it with you.
CASE AND SCREEN
The case of an iPhone 6s contains aerospace-grade aluminium to provide strength and durability; this is covered with a five-micrometre anodised layer, for extra protection. The screen is more complex, with aluminosilicate glass that contains strength-boosting ions of potassium. In the screen, you’ll find aluminium, silicon, indium, tin and rare earth metals. Did you ever wonder what enables the touchscreen function? That’s the indium tin oxide.
Unsurprisingly, the complicated electronics contained with the phone use a huge variety of raw materials. For the electrical connections, there’s gold, silver, copper and tungsten; for the processor chip, there’s silicon, phosphorus, antimony, arsenic, boron, indium and gallium; for the soldering, there’s copper, tin and silver; and in the micro-capacitor, there’s tantalum.
BATTERY, SOUND AND VIBRATION
The iPhone battery uses lithium cobalt oxide chemistry, within a graphite anode and aluminium case. For the sound and vibration, high-powered magnets are utilised in order to get a lot of noise from a small space. Within these magnets you’ll find nickel, neodymium, praseodymium, boron, dysprosium and iron.
Check out the full infographic to see all the amazing raw materials in detail.
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