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Apple is reportedly paying around $203 for each 32GB iPhone 4S that rolls off the assembly line, a phone that retails for $749 before carrier subsidy. At this price, Apple will achieve the same profit margin that they have experienced in previous iPhone launches, says Canadian research firm UBM TechInsights.

UBM came to this conclusion by analyzing the iPhone 4S announcement and factoring in the current market prices for each known component. For example, the A5 processor is valued at $26 and the retina display is $31.


Of interest in the estimated cost analysis is the mention of only 512MB of RAM. Apple typically doesn't reveal RAM capacity and many have speculated that the 4S would include 1GB, up from the 512MB that was found in the iPhone 4.

“Technology-wise, you aren’t seeing anything revolutionary or unexpected from the iPhone 4S”, says Jeffrey Brown, Vice-President of Business Intelligence. “As we predicted in July, the iPhone 4S is a moderate improvement over the iPhone 4 – featuring an A5 processor that has been in use for approximately nine months, an image sensor that puts the handset on par with its competitors, and improved battery life.”
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And without contract = $500-$600+taxes

Good game.
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And without contract = $500-$600+taxes

Good game.
Same as pretty much every other high end smartphone.
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And without contract = $500-$600+taxes

Good game.
$749, as stated in the quote.

Still, about in line with every other smart phone.
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Same as pretty much every other high end smartphone.
^^This
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And without contract = $500-$600+taxes

Good game.
Actually, it's $649 (16GB), $749 (32GB), $849 (64GB).
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Same as pretty much every other high end smartphone.
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$749, as stated in the quote.

Still, about in line with every other smart phone.
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^^This
No, it's in line with any smartphone from a major cell company.

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-...umph-phone.jsp
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post #8 of 68
even if it's true it doesn't matter to me...

put ur perspective / pov to manufacturer/ developer ....
or if u got a brand manufactured....

things even can go op to 8-10x from the manufactur cost...as it enter the market...
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Bah, only 512 mb of ram?

Edit: forgot to read the part that says "estimates at this time since hardware has not been aquired and analyzed"
Edited by PhRe4k - 10/7/11 at 1:54pm
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you have to remember that its $203 before royalties and such. I doubt that any phone manufacterer isn't paying royalties for one thing or another
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