“Apple is paying more to put its new iPhones together, and a longer lifespan and improved resale value seem to be the name of the game,” Luke Lancaster reports for CNET. “That’s what research firm IHS Technology has said after its latest teardowns of the two new smartphones from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.”

“IHS found that Apple is paying as much as $16 more per unit to assemble the new 16GB iPhone 6S Plus when compared with last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, and the extra spending is covering not only new features like 3D Touch and Taptic feedback, but studier components to improve your iPhone’s life expectancy,” Lancaster reports. “Given Apple’s new Upgrade program, where iPhone owners (currently in the US only) can upgrade to the latest model every year for a small monthly fee, it makes sense for the handset maker to double down on longevity and resale value of its handsets.”

Lancaster reports, “The bill of materials covered a strengthened aluminium frame (no bendgate here), a Gorilla Glass 4 screen, better water-resistant seals and an upgraded camera and wireless modem.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We use our iPhones naked, as Jony Ive intended, and welcome the additional hardening. We hope the next person gets as much enjoyment our of our iPhones as we did!

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