Pricey A6 Processor Drives Up iPhone 5's Estimated Bill of Materials to $167.50

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News Posted: Thu, Sep 13 2012 1:07 PM
Apple's recently unveiled iPhone 5 device is the company's thinnest, lightest, and presumably the most costliest to produce iPhone model to date. We know the first two to be fact (unless Apple was inexplicably trying to temporarily bamboozle the masses during its press event yesterday afternoon), and the latter is an educated guess based on an estimated bill of materials (BOM).

TechInsights compared the cost of parts in the iPhone 5 to that of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, all 16GB models, and the latest version is $35 more expensive to build than its immediate predecessor, and $55.50 pricier than the regular iPhone 4.

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Those figures are based on estimates of what the individual cost of parts are in the iPhone 5. TechInsights says it will update its BOM on September 21 after it has a chance to tear into Apple's latest smartphone, but in the meantime, it appears the A6 processor is the most expensive component, carrying an estimated price tag of $28. After that, the baseband/RF transreceiver chip is the costliest at $25, following the by the 4-inch display ($18), non-electronic parts ($17), camera components ($10), and so forth.

In the original iPhone 4, the processor set Apple back $14 and was the second most expensive single part, coming in a dollar behind the display at $15.
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4L1G8R replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 4:38 PM

It must be really hard on Apple to not be making 60% profit on their phones anymore.... lol

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Inspector replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 6:21 PM

Its actually total lost for them. I see bankruptcy in the coming months! lol

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RiCoFrost replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 9:00 PM

HA put the price up on an already over priced phone.... go apple...

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pwrntspd replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 9:27 PM

Oh Noes!!! Apples obnoxious margins are lower?!?! NEVA!!!!!

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Sep 14 2012 10:01 AM

Yup there loosing profit and are going to have to reduce release because of the displays and I imagine there memory is going to go up in price as well because there memory producer just had a Billion+ fine from a lawsuit as well.

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degazmatic replied on Fri, Sep 14 2012 10:21 AM

http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/iPhone-4S-Carries-BOM-of-$188,-IHS-iSuppli-Teardown-Analysis-Reveals.aspx

an actual teardown... it costs apple $254 to make the iphone 4s 64gb version but they sell it unlocked for close to $830...

lumia 900 costs $209, galaxy nexus 7 cost $152 and kindle fire cost $202

the n8 and the iphone 4 cost the same at $197

galaxy sII skyrocket costs $244 and th galaxy note 10.1 costs $283

somehow i cant find the galaxy s3 but i assume its under $300

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