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IHS estimates manufacturing costs for the new iPhones: $ 199 for the 5s and $ 173 for the 5c

While the iFixit people rush to show us the guts of new iGadgets see the disassembly of the iPhones 5s and 5c, with each new release the IHS also analyzes the internal components of the devices. But the purpose here is another: to try to find out how much each device costs Apple.

According to IHS, the cost of manufacturing the iPhone 5 (16GB), for example, was US $ 207 (remembering that these figures * do not * take into account costs such as research and development, marketing, packaging, transportation, etc.).

iPhone 5s disassembled by IHS

A year later, the iPhone 5s arrives to increase Apple's margin. That's right, IHS estimates that the cost of the device (16GB model) at $ 191 j for the 64GB model the cost increases very little, to $ 210. Adding the assembly cost (US $ 8) after all, the parts alone cannot be considered a phone, we have US $ 199 and US $ 218 respectively. Recalling that, outside, the iPhone 5s sold (without contract with operator) for US $ 650 (16GB), US $ 750 (32GB) and US $ 850 (64GB).

iPhone 5c disassembled by IHS

J for the iPhone 5c, the estimate that it will cost Ma $ 173 at its lowest capacity; the 32GB would cost US $ 183 (values ??already including US $ 7 of the assembly). The final price, for the consumer (in the United States, without a contract) is US $ 550 (16GB) and US $ 650 (32GB).

The differences between them are surprisingly small. I would say that they are almost the same phone, except that the 5s has the fingerprint sensor, the A7 processor and some newer memory chips, which consume less power. Other than that, they are basically the same thing.

Andrew Rassweiler, IHS analyst.

The highlights of the parts go to the display, which costs around US $ 41 and is supplied by several companies, including Sharp, Japan Display and LG Display and the radio frequency chips (US $ 32). Rassweiler's words: ?The Apple that spends a lot of time and money combining radio frequency chips. While other phone companies sell any chip from several manufacturers, Apple appears to be charging its radio frequency chip suppliers (Qualcomm, Skyworks, Avago, RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor) for doing things they don't do for anyone. ? The visible result: while the iPhone 5 supported ?only? 5 LTE bands, the dual 5s / 5c can support up to 13 different bands.

The estimated cost of the Touch ID sensor, manufactured by AuthenTec (acquired by Apple), at $ 7; j $ A7 processor (present on iPhones 5s) for $ 19, while A6 (shipped on iPhones 5c) for $ 13.

(via AllThingsD)