Sales of the Apple iPhone 4 smartphone which is a redesign of the Apple’s iPhone 3G device, are staggering. This latest model encompasses a stainless steel case, two cameras, an improved display and is 24% thinner than previous iPhones, but with the device starting from £200 in the UK, Phones Review reports on how an estimation of how much the device components actually cost the manufacturer have been revealed.
I4u’s Mark Raby explains how electronics research group iSuppli has looked at the figures and calculated how much it believes the iPhone 4 costs Apple to make – this is $187.51 – and is said to be just $20 more than the cost of the iPhone 3GS.
iSuppLi says of all the iPhone 4 components the LCD screen is the expensive at $28.50 followed by the NAND-type flash memory costing $27. The third most expensive part, which is supplied by Samsung, is the 4Gbits of mobile Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM, and costs $13.80.
iSuppLi has published on its website their full preliminary bill of materials (BOM) estimate for the 16Gbyte version of the iPhone 4 (excluding manufacturing, software, royalties and any licensing fees that may be applicable).
Kevin Keller, an iSuppli analyst, said that Apple:
“Will be able to maintain the prodigious margins that have allowed it to build up a colossal cash reserve”
Sources: Phones Review / isuppli .com