Display tech, 4G hikes iPhone 5 cost to $199
The iPhone 5’s new display, 4G LTE silicon, and A6 chip add cost compared to the iPhone 4S, said iSuppli.
A preliminary analysis puts the iPhone 5’s cost at $199, slightly more than the iPhone 4S.
The virtual teardown by IHS iSuppli puts the bill of materials, or BOM, at $199 for the low-end model with 16GB of NAND flash memory.
After factoring in the $8 manufacturing cost, the cost to produce the phone increases to $207, iSuppli said.
The BOM jumps to $209 for the 32GB version of the phone and $230 for the high-end 64GB version, the market researcher said.
“The iPhone 5’s…
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