iFixit announced an average cost of producing iPhone 12 for Apple.
The new Apple mobile devices were officially launched on October 13, 2020. Its most outstanding device, as it is the standard of the range, is the iPhone 12 for its quality/price ratio. The new models, have come in four variants, 12 Mini, 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, premiering new processor, camera improvements and 5G connectivity. Their price is always on everyone’s lips because of how expensive they are. In this article, we will tell you about the research that shows how much it costs the company to actually manufacture this smartphone.
Just the price of a mid-range mobile
As every year, experts dismantle the iPhone 12, with the aim of calculating the real cost of its components, as well as knowing the degree of ease of repair.
After analyzing all its components, the experts came to find that the components of the iPhone 12 total $373 in cost. It is a price that in equivalent in Android phones, would correspond to a medium range. The sale price of the iPhone 12 is 999$, in its most basic version of 64GB. As you can see, this is 1/3 of the sale price of the device in the store.
Cost of manufacturing an iPhone 12
In terms of main components, here are the prices of the iPhone 12 parts according to the experts’ estimate:
iPhone 12 OLED panel – $70 per unit
iPhone 12 Bionic A14 chip – $40 per unit
SK Hynix DRAM – $12.8 per unit
Samsung Electronics flash memory – $19.2 per unit
Sony CMOS – $7.4 – $7.9
However, we must keep in mind that experts mainly analyze only material costs. However, material costs are affected by the rate of return and the actual cost must be higher than this data. At the same time, Apple’s costs in R&D, operations and marketing, as well as its investment in the industrial chain, are far from being reflected in these figures.
In addition, component suppliers for different cell phones may be slightly different. Apple for the same component can work with different companies, as most of them are common components that are not manufactured by only one.