Preliminary bill of materials for the iPhone 5 pegged at $168 before teardown
0. phoneArena 14 Sep 2012, 03:27 posted on
Apple is notorious for keeping costs down, while slipping just enough innovation with the newest iPhone to make the upgrade worth your while. Techinsights have come up with a preliminary bill of materials for the newest iPhone 5, and concluded it costs $168 to build one...
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1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
"Apple is notorious for keeping costs down"
wait whaaaaaa??? LMAOOO
was the first thing i seen and had to pause....
9. whysoserious (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
What's so funny about that? It's damn true.
12. phljcnth (Posts: 187; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Suddenly I got confused with 'notorious' and had to consult the dictionary. I got more confused even.
18. whysoserious (Posts: 311; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
"Apple has a bad reputation for keeping costs down"
23. tedkord (Posts: 3778; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
They've gotta keep costs down. Lawyers charge like $1,000 per hour, and expert witnesses can be upward of $800 per hour.
24. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Not the selling costs, the manufacturing costs.
The problem I had though was this passage: "while slipping just enough innovation with the newest iPhone to make the upgrade worth your while", as it implies that I would be considering an upgrade to such a product and that each new product is somehow innovative (they haven't been in years). It should be reworded to "while slipping in just enough improvements with the newest iPhone to potentially make the upgrade worthwhile for potential buyers"
2. Savage (Posts: 431; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
No wonder iPhone rakes 70% of market profit.
19. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
well plastic is pretty cheap these days
27. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
but the s3 has much better tech inside, besides samsung supplies apple so if you call the s3 cheap whats the iphone?
35. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
supplies apple with A processor not their whole inventory to make an iphone.
36. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
what does apple make in house then? for themselves.
you'll find most of the iphone is made up from other companys parts
3. D.Aceveda (Posts: 331; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Apple being gritty and overcharging like CRAZY for their products.......You don't say?
4. valapsp (Posts: 422; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
battery capacity has been decreased? Come on.
5. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
I know right? Yet people bash HTC for small batteries -_-
7. lumialove (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)
People don't seem to understand!
It's not that the iPhone 5 is a bad phone, its that Apple is selling you the same crap every year!(same thing with iPad2 and The New iPad).
Jesus! People drooling over it make me laugh so nice!
10. eisenbricher (Posts: 961; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
I dare you comment on this IFans! and I won't buy any crap like 'They deserve it' or 'Quality comes at price' talk.
13. jshan (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
Ok buddy can u uncertain the costs of other big smartphones like sgs3, htc x one , droid razor , lg Optimus 3D .. ?
14. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1304; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
the only thing that makes iPhone so expensive is the profit for apple
15. Aeires (unregistered)
Tell me again why the manufacturing can't be done in the US, where Apple HQ resides?
Oh yeah, greedy share holders won't allow it.
20. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
what cell phone is made in the us? oh yea none....
21. Aeires (unregistered)
I see you get my point.
25. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
There used to be. Motorola used to make (as far as I know, though I wasn't alive then) all their stuff in the U.S., and they still make some stuff here. Samsung opened up a huge expensive chip factory here within the last few months, I believe in Texas, so while not producing entire phones, at least they're creating manufacturing jobs, something apple hasn't done in the U.S. in over a decade. Not only that, apple abuses tax laws and gets out of paying taxes, and keeps its profits in offshore accounts to avoid taxes on that, too. I'll grant that many large companies do this, but it'd sure be great if they could contribute to taxes like regular citizens do. Maybe the government would have enough money to actually function without a deficit.
22. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)
Ad in the cost of labor per device and that phone costs $168 to make.
26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Anyone paying 600 dollars for this product is saying - sure, Apple, here, make a fool out of me
28. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
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 $300
29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3503; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The battery capacity? It's less? What was Apple thinking! LTE and a bigger screen, with a higher frequency proccesor that's most likely not A-15. Can't wait to hear the complaints on battery...
30. jibraihimi (Posts: 527; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Wooow selling 168$ gadget for more than 600$, only Apple can do such thing and come out trump even after this............
38. viper1983 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Would love to see the numbers for other "top" smartphones.
31. mas11 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
So the battery costs the same as previous models....