After sharing a couple updates fast with the audience -- for instance, the number of iOS devices spread across the globe has just hit the 400 million milestone -- Tim Cook jumped directly to what each invited guest was curious about: the iPhone 5.
We have seen how Apple has redesigned the next-generation version of the phone that changed the whole concept of Smartphones. It started with the screen: for the first time in its five-year history, the iPhone has a 4-inch screen, with a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels, the same 326 ppi as the previous generations sporting a Retina Display.
In addition, they have used an Apple-designed A6 chip, which is smaller than the A5, as well as the long-awaited LTE connectivity. And the list goes on, as we previously reported. But how about the bill for the materials? Does the iPhone 5 cost more than the iPhone 4S?
The guys from UBM Tech Insights have virtually taken the iPhone 5 apart (I say virtually, as they couldn't actually get their hands on it -- but this will happen next week) and created a table estimating the bill Apple needs to pay for each iPhone 5.
At first glance, it is obvious that the 4-inch Retina Display automatically has a higher cost than the iPhone 4S' 3.5-inch screen. According to the table, it raises the bill by $3, as it is estimated to cost about $18.00. Other components increasing the total BOM are the iPhone 5's A6 processor, which costs about $28, $7 more than the A5 chip, and other costs which have now hit $38. For the previous-generation iPhone, this cost was only $30.
So, looking at the final number, the iPhone 5 BOM is about $167.50, about $35 more than that of the iPhone 4S, and $55.50 more than that of the iPhone 4.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback