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An iPhone would have cost $3.5 million to build back in 1991

Here’s how the site reached that astronomical sum:

  • GB flash memory: $45,000 in 1991 vs. $0.55 today.
  • Thus, 32GB flash memory = $1.44 million.
  • Apple’s processor, which produces about 20,500 millions of instructions per second: $620,000 in 1991.
  • The cost of mobile communication in 1991: $100 per kilobit per second.
  • The iPhone delivers speeds in the 15Mbps range today: 15,000Kbps (15Mbps) x $100 = $1.5 million.

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Have you ever wondered how terrible apps end up being ranked really high?

An app manipulation farm sounds like someplace developers would go for a weekend retreat, complete with chiropractor sessions. In fact — according to a photo which has gone viral on social media in China — it’s a place where devs can pay for their apps’ download numbers to be artificially inflated.

Why would anyone want to do this? Simply put: because more downloads (perhaps accompanied by positive reviews) enhances apps’ chart position, thereby raising their discoverability level, and hopefully prompting people to download them.

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