Inside Apple and Tim Cook’s Operational Brilliance — The Motley Fool

More recently, Apple added Pegatron, that’s a name I mentioned earlier, as another contract manufacturer. I think this was maybe 2012 or so, 2013. I think there were two big reasons for this. One of them was diversification, to downplay the risk of relying solely on one contract manufacturer so heavily, like Foxconn. I think maybe another was in a response to the company’s increasingly complex fragmented product offering. They wanted to have that split among a couple different suppliers, just because of some of the specialization required to produce the different sizes, models, and form factors. If you’re listening to this show on an iPhone, chances are it started out in a Foxconn or Pegatron factory, most likely in China.