“Apple’s iPhone 4 wireless handset includes components that cost as little as $187.51, according to market research firm iSuppli,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for BusinessWeek. “Materials and parts for Apple’s iPhone, which went on sale on June 24, include a 3.5-inch LCD screen that Apple calls a ‘retina display.’ As the smartphone’s most expensive component, it costs $28.50 and may have been made by LG Display, iSuppli says. The iPhone 4 sells for $199 and $299.”
“The estimate doesn’t include costs for items such as labor, shipping, advertising, software development, or patent licensing,” Hesseldahl reports. “iSuppli analyzed a 16-gigabyte version of the iPhone 4. As with the iPad, Apple used an internally designed A4 processor that was made by Samsung Electronics (005930:KS) and costs an estimated $10.75, says El Segundo (Calif.)-based iSuppli.”
Hesseldahl reports, “Suppliers include Broadcom, which makes a wireless chip that handles Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections on the device. Broadcom, based in Irvine, Calif., also supplies a chip to receive signals from global positioning system satellites used in navigation applications, replacing one that previously had been supplied by Infineon Technologies of Neubiberg, Germany… iSuppli said Geneva-based STMicroelectronics supplied the gyroscope chip at an estimated cost of $2.60, as well as an accelerometer chip used in previous iPhone versions, which has an estimated cost of 65¢… The glass overlaying the display that creates touch sensitivity is likely manufactured by two companies, Keller said. One is Wintek, based in Taichung Hsien, Taiwan. The other is TPK-Balda, a joint venture of Balda, based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany and TPK Holding, based in Xiamen, China… Other component suppliers include Skyworks Solutions, a wireless chipmaker based in Woburn, Mass,, and TriQuint Semiconductor, based in Hillsboro, Ore.”
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