A teardown by researcher IHS has revealed that it costs Apple around $200 to build the iPhone 6, and around $216 for iPhone 6 Plus, Re/code reports. This is about $5 more than what Apple spent on building a unit of the iPhone 5S. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
The teardown also revealed the cost of the internal components used to build the smartphones. Not surprisingly, the new iPhones’ display and touchscreen are the costliest components. Manufactured by LG Display and Japan Display, it costs Apple around $45 to $53, compared to $41 for the iPhone 5s last year. The camera costs $11 to $13, while the 15GB chip costs $15, and the battery costs roughly around $4 to $5. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
For Apple’s A8 processor, the company partnered Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make more than half of the supply. The company is doing this to reduce its dependence on Samsung. The new processor along with the relevant sensors cost Apple $20, and is $3 more than what it spent for A7 chips for iPhone 5S. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
In addition to the basic cost of the phone, Apple also shells out about $4 and $4.50 for the labor cost associated with assembling the devices among other services. Apple’s new iPhone 6 is retailing at $649, while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus phablet is priced at $749.