A number of new and sophisticated components that cause curiosity. Approximately how much production cost is required to make an iPhone 5S and 5C? Is it more expensive than the previous generation or even cheaper?
Well, as always, to find an answer to that question, IHS research firm re-unpacked a new iPhone from Apple. This year is more interesting because there are two stripped products.
Although from the outside looks different, in it, the iPhone 5S and 5C turned out to resemble each other. “I think the two phones are almost exactly twin, except for the fingerprint sensor, the A7 processor, and the newer power-saving type of memory chips, they’re basically the same,” said IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler, as quoted by AllthingsD.
After reviewing the “contents of the stomach” iPhone 5S, IHS estimates that the 16GB version of the device cost (component price) 191 US dollars or approximately USD 2.2 million. The cost of production 64GB version is more expensive, which is 210 US dollars or about Rp 2.5 million. An additional US $ 8 is needed to assemble every iPhone.
Estimated cost of production is pegged IHS for iPhone 5S is not much different than the previous iPhone 5 which could reach 205 US dollars.
The iPhone fingerprint sensor is made by Authentec, a fingerprint technology company that Apple acquired last year for 356 million US dollars. This sensor price is estimated at 7 US dollars, while Samsung’s A7 processor manufacturer results ranged in number 19 US dollars.
Apple resell iPhone 5S for 649-849 dollars without a contract. Of course, in addition to generating net margins, the difference in figures with production costs is necessary to cover other costs such as distribution, marketing, and research, and development.
As for the iPhone 5C, IHS estimates the device cost component between 173-183 US dollars, including the cost of assembly of 7 US dollars for each smartphone. This smartphone is sold by Apple for 549-649 dollars without a contract.
Manufacturers of components used in the iPhone 5S and 5C include Qualcomm, Skyworks, Avago, RF Micro Devices, and TriQuint Semiconductor. These names are responsible for creating a number of chips that handle network connections on both devices.
The type and combination of network chips used are the same between iPhone 5S and 5C. As a result, the new iPhone duet is able to support the number of LTE bands reach 13 pieces worldwide. Such support has not been owned by its competitors so far.