Preliminary bill of materials for the iPhone 5 pegged at $168 before teardown
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 14, 2012, 3:27 AM
Of course, a more precise amount will be given when the first teardown appears, and it is know exactly what components are inside, so $168 is a very preliminary estimate. Those $18 for the screen look a bit cheap, while $28 for the A6 a bit steep for an in-house solution, but we should know more soon.
iPhone 5 is more expensive to produce than the iPhone 4S, which is a no-brainer, but it still won't go too much above the $200 mark when assembly, R&D and sales/marketing costs are taken into account. That's exactly the usual ballpark for Apple, so even though this is the now-standard third-year design upgrade, Cupertino will still make out like a bandit, selling those at over $600 SIM-free.In any case, it looks like the
"Apple is notorious for keeping costs down" wait whaaaaaa??? LMAOOO was the first thing i seen and had to pause....
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:43 AM 18
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What's so funny about that? It's damn true.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:31 AM 10
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Suddenly I got confused with 'notorious' and had to consult the dictionary. I got more confused even.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 5:06 AM 3
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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"
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 8:12 AM 3
No wonder iPhone rakes 70% of market profit.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:46 AM 10
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what do u think is the actual cost for S3??
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 6:16 AM 4
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battery capacity has been decreased? Come on.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 3:50 AM 10
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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!
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:19 AM 10
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I dare you comment on this IFans! and I won't buy any crap like 'They deserve it' or 'Quality comes at price' talk.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 4:37 AM 3
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.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 5:55 AM 2
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what cell phone is made in the us? oh yea none....
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 7:00 AM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 14, 2012, 8:17 AM 0
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