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© Apple Business | October 24, 2011

iPhone 4S BOM revealed

The baseline iPhone 4S model, with 16 GB of NAND flash memory, carries a bill of materials of $188 according to preliminary analysis by IHS iSuppli.
The total bill increases to $196 when adding the $8 manufacturing cost and does not include expenses such as software, licensing, royalties or other expenditures.

The other iPhone 4S models are identical to the baseline version, with the exception of the addition of more NAND flash. This gives the mid range, 32GB model a BOM of $207, and the high-end 64GB version a BOM of $245.

© IHS iSuppli

Component surprises

“While the iPhone 4S shares many common design elements with the two iPhone 4 models already on the market, the new device’s status as a world phone has resulted in fascinating design and component changes,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director, teardown services, for IHS. “Key among these changes is a custom part from Avago that helps give the iPhone 4S its unique capability to be used in multiple wireless systems globally, while still keeping costs down. In another surprise development, the 4S employs a Hynix NAND flash memory device. While IHS has already confirmed multiple suppliers for this part, it does mark the first time that IHS has identified a Hynix NAND flash in an iPhone, as opposed to devices from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. or Toshiba Corp. seen in all previous iPhone and iPad teardowns.”

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