Did you think that there was some magical elf that wandered through the woods, harvesting iPhones? That's not 100% correct. The magical elf floats mysteriously through the woods, harvesting iPhones.

Or maybe that's not quite it either? There may be something I'm missing about engineers, decades of development, and, according to Fast Company, innovation. Staff writer Dan Macsai put together this flowchart that illuminates how your fancy new holiday gadget sprung forth from the primordial ooze.

You'll want to click through to see the interactive flowchart at Fast Company -- it's much nicer than the static screenshot I've got posted here.

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click image to see interactive flowchart

I'll see you in the nebulous future.