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iPhone 12 teardown showcases South Korean parts makers

Samsung's OLED display pushes country's share of handset value past US

The inside of a iPhone 12: The handset is packed with more parts to make it 5G capable.

TOKYO -- South Korean suppliers are becoming more important to the manufacture of Apple iPhones. A teardown of the latest iPhone 12 Pro found that South Korean-made components account for a 26.8% share of the handset's value, up sharply over last year's model, and a larger share of the total than that of U.S.-made parts.

Apple's greater use of South Korean components was mainly driven by the Cupertino, California-based tech company's decision to adopt organic light-emitting diode display technology for its entire iPhone 12 range this year. The screens are supplied by South Korea's Samsung Display and LG Display.

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