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iPhone 6S Plus - definitely costs more than an Apple

Upgraded components in the new iPhone 6S Plus cost USD 16 more than the components in the earlier iPhone 6 Plus.
The bill of materials (BOM) for an iPhone 6S Plus equipped with 16 GB of NAND flash memory costs USD 231.50, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS.

After basic manufacturing costs are added, Apple’s total cost to manufacture the iPhone 6S Plus rises to USD 236. The unsubsidised price for a 16 GB iPhone 6S (with a 4.7-inch diagonal screen) is USD 649, while the unsubsidised price for the 16 GB iPhone 6S Plus (with 5.5-inch diagonal display) is USD 749.

“3D Touch and Apple’s Taptic engine are among the more notable feature upgrades found in this latest round of iPhones,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Technology. “With each generation the company makes measured, incremental technology improvements to its iPhone line, and this time around those changes are increasing Apple’s per-unit material cost.”

Top Cost Drivers - Click to zoom
iPhone 6S Plus Cost Summary
Direct Material Costs
(Component Costs) – USD 231.50
Conversion Costs
(Assembly / Insertion/ Test Costs) – USD 4.50
Total Cost
(Direct Materials & Manufacturing) – USD 236.00


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