16GB iPhone 5 has bill of materials of $199, $207 after manufacturing

By on September 19, 2012, 5:00 PM

Apple’s 16GB iPhone 5 carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $199, according to a preliminary virtual teardown from IHS iSuppli. The overall cost rises to $207 once the cost of manufacturing is added which excludes other expenses like software, licensing and royalties that Apple might have to pay for each handset.

The 32GB iPhone 5 cost $217 to manufacture while the 64GB unit has a total BOM + manufacturing cost of $238. The BOM for last year’s iPhone 4S was estimated to be just $188, or $11 cheaper than the latest revision. Apple’s new display technology and the LTE radio are responsible for the added cost this time around.

The single most expensive component in the iPhone 5 is the display / touchscreen at $44 each. Wireless components for each phone cost $34 while the mechanical / electro-mechanical components drove cost up $33 per handset. Apple’s custom A6 processor is more expensive than last year’s A5 as well - $2.50 more per chip.

At first glance this might seem like bad news for Apple since one can purchase the same handset for just $199 through a number of wireless carriers. But, it’s important to remember that is the subsidized price – the carrier is paying Apple full price (or perhaps a slight discount) and they are earning back their investment through that two year contract you signed.

We’re expecting a more accurate analysis of the components and BOM from iSuppli and iFixit later this week when the phone hits the streets.




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TekGun TekGun said:

Holy mother of Steve, pure value for money I'm sure.

What's the bb code for sarcasm again?

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well I think we can agree that extra storage is just complete milk.

Guest said:

This is why they need those 2.75 billions from samsung.

MilwaukeeMike said:

I'm no apple fan, but these BOM costs are meaningless. What's the BOM on Windows 8? the $.02 for the DVD? Price (and worth) is determined by what someone will pay, not the materials it takes to build. What did Apple spend on building, upgrading and supporting iOS? How much did they spend on design for this phone? Every phone has many engineering issues that cost many expensive man hours to figure out.

The BOM is the variable cost of producing the iPhone. The fixed costs are millions of dollars and always left out of these articles. Neither is related to the selling price. If they based the selling price on costs to produce Duke Nukem Forever would have costs $10,000 a copy.

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Jesse Jesse said:

They aren't meaningless, MilwaukeeMike, and no one said anything about their profit margin as it seems you are implying. In fact, Shawn even pointed out in the article that it doesn't include licensing or software.

It's very interesting to see this breakdown of component cost. At least it is for me.

Guest said:

MilwaukeeMike Then divide those costs between the 10s of millions of phones they sell. ;) Not to mention, I'm sure Apple takes a nice cut from each app sold through ITunes.

I mean, I don't think we really need to get into just how much money Apple is making per phone. They were, at least in the past year, sitting on over $100 billion dollars in cash holdings...

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

I believe that the iPhone is pretty much the only device from Apple that hasn't been subjected to the "Apple Tax". Well...the 16gb model at least. This phone is cheaper than the Galaxy S3.

I definitely know that those damn MacBooks and iPads are horrendously overpriced though.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I believe that the iPhone is pretty much the only device from Apple that hasn't been subjected to the "Apple Tax". Well...the 16gb model at least. This phone is cheaper than the Galaxy S3.

Umm what?

Galaxy S3 16GB: 4500SEK

iPhone 5 16GB 7000SEK

iPhone 5 32GB 8500SEK

iPhone 5 64GB 10000SEK

Arris Arris said:

I'm no apple fan, but these BOM costs are meaningless. What's the BOM on Windows 8? the $.02 for the DVD? Price (and worth) is determined by what someone will pay, not the materials it takes to build. What did Apple spend on building, upgrading and supporting iOS? How much did they spend on design for this phone? Every phone has many engineering issues that cost many expensive man hours to figure out.

The BOM is the variable cost of producing the iPhone. The fixed costs are millions of dollars and always left out of these articles. Neither is related to the selling price. If they based the selling price on costs to produce Duke Nukem Forever would have costs $10,000 a copy.

Sure the cost of the physical parts isn't the sum of all the costs of making an iPhone5. But seriously, it's got a few additional features and a bigger screen. Most of the development costs should have been absorbed by the work done on previous generations of the product and the moneys from the sales. But I do agree, the BOM never really gives a clear picture of actual cost/value.

Guest said:

Don't forget another cost like: marketing cost, iStore maintenance cost, shipment, legal cost, box/packaging cost etc etc..

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

iPhone 4s 16gb - $200 last year

Galaxy s2 - $200 last year

iPhone 5 16gb - $200

Galaxy S3 - $200

Alexmx said:

Don't forget another cost like: marketing cost, iStore maintenance cost, shipment, LEGAL COST, box/packaging cost etc etc..

you hit the nail right there

Guest said:

No comments on the manufacturing costs? How much of that goes to wages?

1 person liked this | Alexmx said:

No comments on the manufacturing costs? How much of that goes to wages?

I'd say 4 dollars max

Guest said:

For the people that can't read: They are price basically the same.

Galaxy S3 16 gig

No Term$649.95

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Neojt said:

Dont forget R&D cost .. I mean I must cost tons to make innovative changes like making it 1 icon taller

Guest said:

Is everyone here in *****? BOM, bill of MATERIALS, MATERIALS, MATERIALS.

not Bill of Marketing, or Bill of Wages, Bill of Development, Bill of Maintenance or whatever other Bill...

holly mother! Bill of Materials.

get it? got it? Done!

Next please!

Jim$ter said:

iPhone 4s 16gb - $200 last year

Galaxy s2 - $200 last year

iPhone 5 16gb - $200

Galaxy S3 - $200

That's the subsidized cost...The iPhone 16GB sells outright for $649 and supposedly Apple charges around that price per phone to the carriers.

So you figure Apple makes around $200-$500 per phone.... times the Millions they are selling.. I don't think they are hurting at all.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm always amazed at how all of the phone (and mp3/iPod) prices completely screw us on memory costs, and nobody ever seems to notice or care. It's $10 in parts to double to 32Gb, or $20 to quadruple memory to 64Gb, yet we pay $100 and $200 premiums (respectively) for those memory upgrades, smiling like ****** while they bend us over...

Guest said:

"Is everyone here in *****? BOM, bill of MATERIALS, MATERIALS, MATERIALS.

not Bill of Marketing, or Bill of Wages, Bill of Development, Bill of Maintenance or whatever other Bill...

holly mother! Bill of Materials.

get it? got it? Done!

Next please!"

So, what are you trying to say?

"get it? got it? Done!"

I don't think you do understand it either, you sounds just another clueless person who got no idea what your talking about..

Guest said:

"Dont forget R&D cost .. I mean I must cost tons to make innovative changes like making it 1 icon taller"

Now, I understand why I need to pay about $849 while the BOM+manufacturing just about $238.. the rest of my money all go to the one-extra-row-icon. It's clear this new feature has cost very large amount of fortune for apple *LoL*

PC nerd PC nerd said:

Surely no one here is surprised?

We all know Apple are conmen. They will always rip you off. No change there.

Ultraman1966 said:

The price of a product dictated by how much people are willing to pay. If you can stop those ****** from queuing up en masse to buy this latest gadget then naturally prices will be dropped. Supply and demand, simples!

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