Estimates of preliminary material costs for the iPhone 5 about $167.50
An analyst firm has done an analysis on the price of preliminary materials used in Apple's iPhone 5, based on specs released by the company, and teardowns of previous iPhones. The cost comes to about $167.50.
An analyst firm has done an analysis on the price of preliminary materials used in Apple's iPhone 5, based on specs released by the company, and teardowns of previous iPhones. The cost comes to $167.50.
As a matter of fact, this might come as a pretty big surprise to people who thought that the phone must have been a lot pricier to make, due to the cost of an iPhone off contract. But if things are as the EE times reports they are, then at least the materials used to build an iPhone 5 come to no more than about $167.50, which is apparently $35 more than the materials used in the previous iPhone 4S.
The website also released a chart, detailing the costs of each major part, and comparing the results for iPhone generations four through five.
Of course, there's no word about how much it costs to assemble these parts into a finished a product, and how much it costs to ship them overseas from Chinese manufacturers. It’s certainly conceivable that this adds something significant to the final costs for each device.
If the report is correct, then the most costly component in the new iPhone is Apple's A6 processor, which the EE times reports as costing $28.00.