updated 11:27 pm EDT, Thu September 13, 2012
Final analysis due on September 21 following disassembly
Apple spends an estimated $167.50 to build each 16GB iPhone 5 it builds, according to a preliminary estimate by specialists at analyst firm Techinsights. While the full report is due on September 21 after a physical disassembly has taken place, the new phone's bill of materials places it a full $35 more per device than the iPhone 4S.
The largest jumps in single component costs are expected to be the processor, climbing $7 from $21 in the iPhone 4S to $28 for the iPhone 5, and the Qualcomm chipset with another increase of $7 to $25. The new display shows only a modest increase of $3 to $18 per unit.