IHS teardown finds iPhone 5S costs $199 to build, 5C even less

Shawn Knight

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A recent teardown of Apple’s latest iPhones from IHS found that Apple spends at least $191 on components to build a 16GB iPhone 5S and up to $210 for a 64GB model. Factor in assembly cost and you’re looking at...

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As long as people will buy them, Apple is going to charge what they like. Your not paying for the phone, your paying for the name. Don't seem like people are to concerned about the price since Apple sold 9 million phones within the first day or so.
 
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Jad Chaar

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There is very little profit margin here. I wonder if they must get some sort of cut from the carriers or something.
 
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But these are merely hardware production costs, they do not include even such things as packing and delivery of parts and ready products from factories. Not to mention costs of research, design and software. As if it all comes free. I'm surprised these things are not mentioned in the article.
 
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Railman

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But these are merely hardware production costs, they do not include even such things as packing and delivery of parts and ready products from factories. Not to mention costs of research, design and software. As if it all comes free. I'm surprised these things are not mentioned in the article.
Not forgetting that the retailers also need a margin. All those shops on high street cost a bit to run.
 

VitalyT

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It is hard to put an estimate on all of the R&D and marketing that went into this thing to see the real cost.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
There is very little profit margin here.
A $200 phone that sells for $700 has very little profit margin? Um... ok.

They must get some sort of cut from the carriers or something.
Um... what about their app store, or their accessories? How can you miss this?

example:
Current gen consoles sell at a LOSS, but they make profits from games, accessories, online accounts, etc. The same formula applies here, except Apple isn't losing money on each device.
 

Jad Chaar

Elite Techno Geek
A $200 phone that sells for $700 has very little profit margin? Um... ok.



Um... what about their app store, or their accessories? How can you miss this?

example:
Current gen consoles sell at a LOSS, but they make profits from games, accessories, online accounts, etc. The same formula applies here, except Apple isn't losing money on each device.
I am talking about an on contract phone... you pay $200 for it. But then the rest goes toward data and service.

The app store is a big part I guess, but I would expect the profit to be less than what they make from hardware.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
I am talking about an on contract phone... you pay $200 for it. But then the rest goes toward data and service.

The app store is a big part I guess, but I would expect the profit to be less than what they make from hardware.

That has no relevance to this article whatsoever. :|
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
So, Apple makes a "profit" (yes I know...marketing, shareholders, suppliers bla bla bla)
of almost 700 bucks for the big iPhone, and the anticapitalist, anti pretty much everything except
Apple drones are ok with this, because it isn't "big Pharma, big oil etc?
Where are the protests? Where are the congressional hearings on price gouging? Where are the demands for a boycott? Nary a word because it is Apple.
Personally, I could give two hoots about what any company charges for a product. If they charge too much and no one buys it, they lose business, but Apple is getting away with it because people are willing to pay through the nose just to have the latest iGadget.
 
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I hope you all know even the flagship samsung galaxy phones break down to this much too...

As a side note: Windows 7 only costs $0.20 to make since it is the cost of the DVD right?
 

Emexrulsier

TS Evangelist
It's not just Apple though it just people simply see the word Apple and blank out others. Take for example the Samsung Galaxy S4. From the same IHS reporting they claimed it costs around $230 to manufactur yet the recommended retail price of the Galaxy S4 (sim free) is $959!! a massive profit per handset of $729.

I don't use apple but that isn't because they company is trying to make a profit from supply and demand its for more own reason (infact I use the GS2 :D).

Apple hate mongers simply need to open the eyes a bit wider...
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Irrespective of what these things cost to make, when all is said and done, making as much money as possible is the name of the game. If people want to throw their money at Apple, let 'em just as long as it's not mine.
 

Blue Falcon

TS Addict
"recommended retail price of the Galaxy S4 (sim free) is $959!! "

Who wants a SIM free phone unless you don't travel over the world.

I am passing through Kyrgyzstan and S4 costs $582 USD. $959 sounds like a number you pulled out of thin air.
 
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Love how everyone bitches about the price because "Apple is a big evil corporation" Give me a break. What do you think it costs to make a majority of tech gadgets available to consumers? Marketing costs, selling to distributors who also need to make a profit? Do you realize the R&D and operating costs nevermind the salaries paid to employees @ Apple factored in to pay for the technology to manufacture these devices on this large of a scale? Also do you realize what these devices would cost if they weren't put together using labor in China? Try getting Americans to put together this stuff for the little pay given to the Chinese. Keep in mind it's companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, and Google who allow for progress to be made so that we can own these devices at a cost within reach.
 

hahahanoobs

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But these are merely hardware production costs, they do not include even such things as packing and delivery of parts and ready products from factories. Not to mention costs of research, design and software. As if it all comes free. I'm surprised these things are not mentioned in the article.

If you know what a BOM is, then it doesn't need to be said.