The components of the Apple iPhone 6s cost just $245 in total

The components of the Apple iPhone 6s cost just $245 in total
Starting at a tidy $649 and working its way up to an eye-watering $949 for the top-end 6s Plus, the new iPhone line costs a fair wad. It's well-known that Apple makes higher profit margins than many of its peers, and thanks to a tear-down of Cupertino's latest handsets, we have some idea as to how much the hardware is worth when dissected. According to the folks at Teardown, the components of the 64-gig iPhone 6s equate to a cost of $245. While such a figure doesn't take into account Apple's numerous other outlays such as manufacturing, design and marketing, the new iPhone clearly contributes heavily towards Apple's apparent license to print money

The teardown is drawn through estimates, so the $245 number isn't an exact cost, but close enough. It should also be mentioned that the costs cover the 64 GB iPhone 6s, which will set you back $749 off-contract. Material costs of different configurations, as well as the larger iPhone 6s Plus, will certainly vary. The teardown found that raw materials cost $16.50 more than those of the corresponding iPhone 6 from last year, thanks in no small part to the new SoC, camera, and the much-vaunted 3D Touch.

With 13 million units shifted over the first weekend alone, plenty of people seem happy to pony up the sizable asking price to own Apple's most prized asset. The fact that China, for the first time, has retailed the device from day one must be partially credited with the record-breaking sales. Nevertheless, even though the jury remains very much out on the Apple Watch, the company's most recognized outlet still appears to be doing the business. 

If you'd like to see the carcass of the latest iPhone being picked at in grave detail, do ensure that you check out the earlier teardown article.

source: Teardown via MobileSyrup

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

FEATURED VIDEO

29 Comments

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

IThe apple comments...the techie essays...iPhoneArena's evolution...I can sense it a mile away.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Big earnings for Apple. iPhone fans are looted more.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Here come the sh!t talkers.....

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Jeter man...you were soo good. You didnt have to retire.

5. Rydsmith unregistered

I hate articles like this, they ignore the substantial costs of making new products. - R&D - Wages and Salary - (slave) labor - Shipping - Freight - Overhead - Maintenance - Support It's not just the BoM (Bill of Materials) that makes up the cost of a phone.

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah but no one get as much profit as Apple can surely go down in prices.

23. Rydsmith unregistered

Why should they? The market has shown what the consumer is willing to pay. If it's too much people won't buy it (Xbox One at launch). There is high dean for iProducts and Apple has no reason to reduce prices if the public is willing to buy it. It's a company made to get profits, not a charity.

24. Rydsmith unregistered

High demand*

33. willard12 unregistered

You write all that as if no other company has these costs. They do. And some of them spend an exponential amount more on R&D than Apple. So, I'm not sure why the bill of materials data ignores everything else.

16. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Yes I hear this argument all the time. Even with all of those costs it doesn't bring the price of the phone anywhere near the $6-7-800 these phones go for.

21. Rydsmith unregistered

It's not an argument it's a fact. Companies exist to increase shareholders wealth (literally). Apple is a premium luxury brand and the price the consumer is willing to pay has been dictated by the market. And no it doesn't bring that price to the $600-800 mark, but the consumer purchasing it for that much as well as the fact that the company must reinvest the money into new products as well as increase the wealth of shareholders does.

43. willard12 unregistered

I agree with almost all of that. Except, Apple is "perceived" as a premium luxury brand. 17 year-olds working at McDonald's can get an iphone. But, they usually don't carry a Prada wallet and drive a Mercedes. But, those same teenagers believe their $245 device is high-end. In fairness to them, many adults believe the same thing. Luxury brands usually don't offer trade-in programs, subsidies, and monthly payment plans. In the end, a $245 device is a $245 device. Nothing more, nothing less. Apple has 45% market share in the US. That's not exactly exclusive.

47. Rydsmith unregistered

That's why Apple is best Marketing company in the world. Marketing is all about perception and increasing the consumer importance of that perception especially when it aligns with your core competencies. And luxury and premium do not mean exclusive. The PlayStation 4 is both a premium gaming device and a luxury device as it is far from needed; yet it is selling exceptionally well. Apple is a luxury brand. The charge a high price so that the consumer has the "privilege" of having that Apple logo on the back of their item (phone, laptop, tablet). The brand equity of Apple is #1 for a reason and it will take quite some time before they are knocked down.

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

"While such a figure doesn't take into account Apple's numerous other outlays such as manufacturing, design and marketing," Literally in the first paragraph.

7. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Another pathetic article from a site that, supposedly, should know that a product is worth more than the sum of it's parts. Do the authors here know anything about tech whatsoever?

12. 7a6d3e7

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

"According to the folks at Teardown, the components of the 64-gig iPhone 6s equate to a cost of $245. While such a figure doesn't take into account Apple's numerous other outlays such as manufacturing, design and marketing, the new iPhone clearly contributes heavily towards Apple's apparent license" I m guessing they added this after you posted. But you may not know what I said Cos you probably saw the first line and started replying.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Sure the author know. This is just news.

13. torsta

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

In Norway we have to pay almost 1000 USD for the iphone 6s 64gb...

30. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

b!tch please.....http://www.businessinsider.com/venezuelan-inflation-leads-to-a-47000-iphone-2015-6 We have to pay the equivalent of $47000 for an iPhone 6 (not even the 6s) The crisis here is worst than in Greece.

17. Malhar

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

18. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What that's not bad price. Apple is actually more bang per buck than HTC or Sony.

19. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Of course there are many more costs other than the BOM, but it probably is not even another $100. Apple rapes their customers and that's why they have such an insane amount of profit. And while I hate Apple for their business practices and tight control, Samsung and Sony are just as guilty of this same practice. Samsung even makes most of their own parts so in theory they should be able to make even more money on each phone, since they are selling at basically the same prices (although iPhone prices stay the same until the next phone, while Samsung prices go down fast like most Android phones).

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Please....Samsung phones are genuine state of the art not marketed fake state of the art like the iPhone. They use the most expensive components out of all manufacturers period. That's not subjective, that is a fact. Plus making their own parts don't save them money when it all goes back into R&D and billion dollar state of th art factories. They had to build one just for the curved display for the edge devices. Don't be naive like a typical Apple fan. Just think about it. If what you said was even remotely accurate and look at the numbers the GS6 sells at, probably like 20 million or so right now, maybe more. They wouldn't be declaring only a slight yoy increase and their stock wouldn't be dropping, and compare that to Apples numbers and their 200 billion liquid cash. It doesn't take a rocket scientist that Samsung profit margins ar nowhere near as high as the iPhone or they would be happy dancing on the streets saying fuck you I am Samsung.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The only species of apple that brings health problems.

39. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Because of that one kidney they sold to get one. /jk

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How much does Apple pay? S6 Edge+ costs $290 if you bought all the parts, how much does it actually cost Samsung to make? Their costs are lower than retail components pricing. How can Apple have an average of $660 per sale? Because it costs them less than $200 to make a phone as does Samsung.

49. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

1 out of 5 phones... is an Iphone. 92% of the total proffit in this business is made by Apple. Its a good phone, but doesnt have the cutting edge technology

51. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Why are people so surprised. It's around the same price every year pretty much.

52. mudcat62

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

The luxury value of IPhones is the user experience. The 6s is a true computer. Yes Apple uses Samsung components, they are a parts supplier. Apple is a design and engineering company. Samsung is a manufacturer. Apple is a luxury brand, you don't see the wealthy use Samsung. You see more people come to Apple now, that you can lease or make installment payments. That's why you see more switchers from Android to Apple. They wanted IPhones but couldn't afford to buy outright.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.