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After adding an $ 8 assembly cost, the 16GB iPhone 5’s price for “bill of materials” (excluding labour, software and other costs) is about $ 207. The 32GB version is $ 217 and the 64GB model $ 238. The 32GB version retails for $ 749 and the 64GM model sells for $ 849, both without contracts.
“NAND flash continues to come down in price as manufacturing processes for these memory chips become more advanced,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior principal teardown services analyst at IHS. “And because it is the world’s largest buyer of NAND flash, Apple gets preferential pricing. Apple’s massive leverage in this market is reflected in our price estimate.”
IHS said the iPhone 5’s larger display — at 4 inches diagonally, compared to 3.5 inches for the iPhone 4S — and the inclusion of the new in-cell touchscreen technology account for most of the increase in manufacturing costs.
The addition of high-speed 4G LTE technology and a more powerful processor drove up the cost of the wireless section of the device.
IHS said virtual teardown information is based on an analysis of the specifications announced by Apple, combined with public information about components and suppliers. It said the estimate is subject to change pending an actual physical teardown of the device.
UBM TechInsights, in a report last Friday, estimated considerably lower hardware and manufacturing costs of at $ 168 for the 16GB iPhone 5.