Each iPhone 5 would cost about $270.10 to produce, according to estimates

Each iPhone 5 would cost about $270.10 to produce, according to estimates
We are pretty sure that a great deal of our readers will go out and grab an iPhone 5 not long after it hits the shelves this fall. They would also drop a significant amount of cash on the shiny new smartphone and will most likely commit to a 2-year agreement with their carrier of choice. But how many of them would ask themselves how much money has Apple actually put into the device?

Well, according to the team of industry analysts at Bloomberg, each 16-gig iPhone 5 would hypothetically cost Apple around $270.10 to produce with software, research and shipping costs included in the estimate. Sure, the real figure might be completely different as the next-gen iPhone has yet to be released and torn apart, but it is not impossible for Bloomberg to be using insider information in its analysis.

If the estimate turns out to be correct, however, every iPhone 5 that gets shipped to a US carrier would yield about $350 in profit going straight to Apple's already fat wallet. In comparison, the iPhone 4 was said to be built using only $187.51 worth of components, yet this estimate does not take into account anything beyond the pure cost of its hardware.

We have to clarify that the graphic presented here has been found on Bloomberg's servers, but a complete written article on the topic has yet to be published by the media. However, we will be keeping an eye on it and will update you should any other interesting information gets unveiled.

source: Bloomberg via SlashGear


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33 Comments

1. robertwwo unregistered

270,1 $ + 270,1 $ for name Apple iPhone 5 + 100 $ for ultra trendy accesories = 640,2$ price, ....and no brain users buy it and stand and wait near shoop for it 72h :-//! lol

16. stealthd unregistered

Making up bs numbers: priceless. For everything else, there are trolls.

2. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Oh don't worry, they will only TRIPLE the retail price for unlocked devices.

3. andro unregistered

The good news of this for islaves is that they will not have the privilege of paying even more money for the 'new' iphone to their apples gods. This changes everything again again and maybe again

4. andro unregistered

i meant they will NOW have the privilege in above comment lol

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is ain't news or secret that iPhone is highly overpriced.

6. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I'll take two! Without these iphone/ipad articals you trolls would have no where to post your bias and factless comments. Its a fact the Apple uses all top quality hardware in their products. I think thats the real reason for the high price. i cant say the same for my plastic Andriod phone that actually cost the same as a new iphone on contract.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

@davecann2 "Its a fact the Apple uses all top quality hardware in their products." Could you please more widely explain this your statement?

8. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

He means that they are all crafted from Aluminium and premium materials. They also incorperate all the latest Chipsets and features that are available at the time. Name me ONE edition of the iPhone/iPad that didn't have the most cutting edge hardware available for that time. same with Macs they are by far the best computers and although they are pricey, they are all made from Aluminium, look beautiful and feature the best hardware available as well as the most thought-out and best software. Although the iPhone may not be the BEST phone available now, Macs are by far the best computer offerings on the market. You cannot argue that Apple knows how to play its cards right and satisfy customers

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

@HTCiscool "He means that they are all crafted from Aluminium and premium materials." He was talking about "top quality hardware" not about the casing. "They also incorperate all the latest Chipsets and features that are available at the time." Again, he was talking not about how new or old it is, he was talking about the "top quality hardware".

10. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

You mean the iphone 5 will have the latest LTE chipset? Actually Apple releases hardware with older chipsets, the reasoning is that these are tested and verified and stable. They have always been that way, and though a detraction for "enthusiasts"... for normal people this is a good thing, using tried and true hardware.

17. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The iphone 4 was using current generation of Hummingbird that was out for the SGS phone.

26. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

as i recall the 3g and 3gs was plastic and no one complained then...i bet if the ip5 was plastic i know it wont be but all apple fanboys will say plastic is better, glass breaks lol

19. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

@PhoneArenaUser, My mistake, I should have been a little clearer..... Remember the the iphone 4 is a 2 year onld product... 2yrs ago it had top quality hardware and construction materials. Also, keep in mind,hardware specs are different from hardware quality. The specs may be currently dated but the quality of its materials are high.

11. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Awesome!!! So True!!!!

33. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

apples profits come out of the Carriers profits, which come out of the employees, and sales peoples pay checks, not the customer.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I bet crapdroids cost less than $100 to make and no money goes into development since they just copy and paste other companies programming code

13. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

hahahahahaha

15. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

OK now You're the one who's trolling.

18. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

The thunderbolt case more then the iphone 4 because of the LTE chip set which is cutting edge.

21. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

lmao!!!!

23. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

lol ive noticed something from your comments, you always change what you say when you get proven wrong, theres always something new with you, everytime phonearena post a bad article about android you go with that, then sniggly evo or whatevman kill you with facts and truth then you go away, once phonearena comes out with another article about android you repeat the process. f**king tool

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I'm the one posting facts and they can't handle it. Fandroids hate facts because Apple is always doing fantastic from an objective and factual standpoint.

32. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Apple only makes money bacause of iSheep like you an Miz.

24. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

TROLL, TROLL, TROLL.

27. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

you cant have an article without taco bad mouthing android

14. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'd rather have the iPhone 5 over the Samsung Galaxy S ll on the condition that it has LTE. The new iPhone will have higher res, better quality screen and it will be THINNER!

22. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I think the gs2 is the 2nd best phone behind the iphone....

28. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

im sorry but the iphone 4 is not better than the galaxy s2, apart from the higher dpi it has nothing on the s2...if you ment ip5 well thats not even out and the most it will do is match the s2 specs..i have both phones and as much as love the design of the iphone 4 bar the ''antennagate'' the s2 is clearly superior in all aspects apart from the choice games available although that is not the s2 fault but of android itself.

25. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I read that the reason Apple flipped out and sued Samsung was they wanted the screen that Sammy was putting in the GS2 for the idiotPhone5 and Sammy said no thank you we will keep this one for ourselves (Samsung produces the idiotPhone displays). So better display on the i5 me no think so.

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