“As is often the case with Apple-designed products, looks can be deceiving,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for AllThingsD. “The results of two teardown studies show that, aside from the most obvious differences, the two phones are very much alike, internally.”
“According the findings of an IHS report coming tomorrow (but shared with AllThingsD today), Apple spends at least $191 on components to build a 16 gigabyte iPhone 5s,” Hesseldahl reports. “The cost rises to $210 for a 64GB unit. The cost of assembly adds another $8 per unit, bringing the range to between $199 and $218. That cost estimate is pretty close to that of the original iPhone 5, which IHS pegged at about $205 last year.”
Hesseldahl reports, “On the colorful, lower-priced iPhone 5c, IHS estimates that the cost of components plus manufacturing ranges from $173 to $183, including $7 for assembly.”
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MacDailyNews Note: Of course, IHS estimated only the total cost of components and assembly which does not factor in the significant R&D, packaging, marketing, and other costs associated with Apple’s iPhones 5s and 5c.