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post #31 of 68
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Originally Posted by Liranan;15218081 
Labour doesn't cost them, unless you're saying someone in a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, earning 150 USD a month, adds that much of a cost to their phones. What would cost them was if they had to pay compensation to all those people using n-hexane to clean their phone screens.

And what R&D are you guys talking about? You're saying it really is that expensive to take an iPhone, make it larger and then sell it? Highly exaggerated and I won't believe a word these corporations say.

The workers might not make much, but you can assume Foxconn gets paid even if they don't pay their employees.

You don't fire your R&D team after they finish a product. Even at a ****ty company the R&D team gets paid at least $100k + benefits (NOT CHEAP) per person. They make this salary no matter what. This expense is always there and has to be included in the markup of their products.
    
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post #32 of 68
These are estimates, I'm going to take a guess and say it'll actually be around ~$250.
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I'm on the fence. Are those prices per 1 unit or prices taking into consideration Apple orders millions of each? Because the "actual" price for average Joe could either be that number, or higher or lower.
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A lot more than I ever knew a phone costs to make.....wow and everyone just about is going to want and get one, now that's profiting!!
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post #35 of 68
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Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek;15218632 
The workers might not make much, but you can assume Foxconn gets paid even if they don't pay their employees.

You don't fire your R&D team after they finish a product. Even at a ****ty company the R&D team gets paid at least $100k + benefits (NOT CHEAP) per person. They make this salary no matter what. This expense is always there and has to be included in the markup of their products.

This is absolutely true.

I'm sure the silicon wafer that Intel prints a CPU onto costs a few dollars if we want to look at this that way.

Their fab costs a few hundred million and they probably spend a couple billion dollars developing each new chip architecture, but cmon...the silicon is only a couple bucks! Why are we paying so much more for the CPU!

/sarcasm

Not to say Apple isn't making an absolute fortune on this, god knows they're the kings of electronics markups. However, in their defense, you can't just look at the cost of the parts and figure out how much the phone costs them to make.

Then again, how much dev time was really spent on the 4S? It's basically the iP4.

But hey, if you want to rake in more money and be a bigger company than Exxon...you need to find a way to somehow gouge people harder on electronics than they do on even GASOLINE.
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post #36 of 68
Come on guys, its not like other companies aren't doing the same thing. There is an ocean of smartphone makers that do the same thing.
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Saying a phone costs a company X dollars to make, when X is just the sum of component costs, is a far from accurate representation of what the phone actually costs.

You have part cost, labor cost, r&d cost, shipping cost, the cost to run the manufacturing facility, etc etc. People just like to jump on the "oh they are completely ripping everyone off" bandwagon before considering all of the variables that go into a product's cost.

I'm not saying the phone isn't expensive and maybe a bit overpriced like many apple products, but assuming that they are making over $400 profit per phone is just stupid.
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post #38 of 68
What kind of R&D does something from iP4 to iP4S need? Just testing? Adding a A5 and a better Camera? Its the least R&D Money spend in an iPhone ever. People are mostly the ones the do the Beta testing for Free for stuff like signal system bugs. Also the Phone just parts would Cost $200 but what about buying it in millions?
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post #39 of 68
Would be awesome if companies sold you the parts themselves and you just build it at home for a reduced cost.

My G2 was $500 w/o contract o.o
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It's silly that people pay so much EXTRA.. but ofcourse you do get 1 year garantee and not to mention, how many hours does it take to create the software inside? smile.gif

if i was a programmer who worked for apple on the iOS, i wouldn't be working for free tongue.gif
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