Production at Foxconn also back then
The original iPhone was also manufactured by Foxconn in China. Apple allegedly decided in favor of Foxconn because other manufacturers were unable to make significant changes to the device at short notice. According to the story, the display was badly scratched, which is why Apple switched to Gorilla Glass. In China, the changeover was a matter of days, in the USA it would not have been possible at all.
Photos from the production
The published photos are from Bob Burrough and show the final acceptance of the produced iPhones. Back then, Apple only produced a fraction of today’s quantities. In the first 36 hours after the start of sales, Apple had sold 146,000 devices – which was once considered a sensational success. For comparison: In a typical Christmas quarter, Apple now needs less than four hours.
A lot of manual work still required
On the long shelves there are iPhones that are currently undergoing quality and functional checks. On the one hand, Foxconn had the devices checked by hand, but on the other hand they also had them connected to diagnostic devices. If the display read “passed”, everything was in order and the respective iPhone received a tracking sticker for delivery to the sales outlets. One thing can be said with great certainty: at the time the photos were taken, no one had believed how much that device would change the world of computers.