Apple could be making a profit of up to £641 on its top-end iPhone 6 Plus device, based on a breakdown of cost of the phone's materials. For the iPhone 6 the top profit Apple could be making is £561.
The website teardown.com took apart both new devices to see how the various components added up. It found that Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus costs $242.50 (£148) to build, while the iPhone 6 costs $227 (£138).
The teardown.com blog does not specify the different storage costs associated with the three versions of the new iPhones – either 16GB, 64GB or 128GB – but all retail prices for the new iPhones show a major mark-up over build-cost.
The iPhone 6 costs either £539, £619 or £699 relative to 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of storage, while the iPhone 6 Plus is £619, £699 or £789, again based on storage.
Once the build cost has been subtracted from these prices it leaves Apple with a healthy margin, although this does not take into account other factors such as the accessories, shipping and other costs that are required to get the phones to market.
Nevertheless, with Apple selling more than 10 million units in its opening weekend the company has no doubt already secured a healthy profit on each sale.
The build costs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both up on the iPhone 5S’s build price of $211.49, with the larger screen and inclusion of NFC components key causes of this price rise.
The iPhone 6's screen is said to cost $41.50 and the iPhone 6 Plus's screen is priced at $51. This compares with $36.06 on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus battery is also more expensive, at $6, compared with $3.50 on the iPhone 6.
The other notable cost is $37 for the processor for both devices, the same as the iPhone 5S. The inclusion of the optical image stabilisation on the iPhone 6 Plus has pushed its camera component prices up to $17.50. The iPhone 6's camera costs $16.50.
Teardown.com noted that the lack of sapphire glass for the display – as had been rumoured – kept the price lower, even though it is in use for the rear camera window and the Touch ID button, also found on the iPhone 5S.
A full breakdown of the components' costs, as detailed by teardown.com, is below.
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