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Preliminary bill of materials on iPhone 5 estimated at $168

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: 07-01-09

    Cue the usual round of idiots claiming Apple is overcharging because the hardware costs less than the assembled final product (because the design, software, and support is all done for free by magical iPhone fairies, apparently).

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Agreed, Vicar. Also, shipping, advertising, merchandising, R&D, distribution, support and cellular infrastructure is all handled by volunteers in what is intended to be a huge not-for-profit operation. :D

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 04-05-11

    A couple years ago these specs & components might have been considered state of the art, today these are just not worthy of a company that claims to be innovative & creative.

    Apple has certainly started it's downward slope, no innovation, all money goes into it's law department and marketing..

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    ^ I think that's a completely ignorant misrepresentation of everything that comprises the iPhone 5.

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