iPhones are inexpensive to make

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ToddH, Sep 13, 2015.

  1. ToddH macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    I don't know how reliable the source is, but I did read a small article on Flipboard that stated that the iPhone 6s only cost Apple $235 to manufacture. The rest of it is profit now I don't know how much the plus phone costs, but it makes you wonder why we spend so much money on these phones when they are so inexpensive to manufacture.

  2. Phil Holland macrumors regular

    Phil Holland

    Jun 7, 2011
  3. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    That's component cost only. Not assembly, software, advertising, store overhead, paying Tim Cook, and probably more stuff.
  4. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    You misunderstood the article. There are many costs over and above the component costs.
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Stupid numbers based on stupid reporting. I wish I could do my job so crappily and lazily and still get paid. Good grief that's embarrassing. (But not quite as embarrassing as having to regurgitate BusinessInsider articles for a living.) o_O
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008

    2015 Apple has dumped more into R&D than they have in several years (excluding the buildup to the watch), that comes from Apple reinvesting into itself.
  7. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Design, procurement, capital investments, tooling, planning, shipping, electricity, heating/cooling, factory building, labor...
  8. Benched08 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2014
    Okay obviously that's component cost only and doesn't take into account for everything listed above, but Apple's the most valuable company in the history of the planet, and they take over 90% of the profit in the smartphone industry while only having 18% of the market share, so let's not think these devices are modestly priced...
  9. JXShine macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2015
    You say this as of it only applies to Apple. Almost everything you buy today has a huge profit margin
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Water is easy to have since it's a natural resource thst doesn't even need to be produced! Why are we ever paying anything at all for anything related to water if nature gives it to is for free?
  11. ripper998 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    So very true. The industry I work in, Millworks (doors, windows, etc) there is a huge mark up. I can see both component cost and I know what we sell our products at. There is a lot of hidden costs that don't translate when you look at just component costs that you have to consider.
  12. ToddH thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    True... That part I did NOT think of.
  13. ToddH thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    I guess I was just mentioning this because I just didn't realize how inexpensive the actual parts were for the phone. I guess I'm not really complaining are talking about the overhead and employees and software etc. I'm just mentioning the actual cost of the materials. I just thought that the phone itself would cost more than that to manufacture
  14. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    component parts are the cheapest. Investors try to figure out profit margins with them, but they are only part of the story . Actually the smallest part in technology. Consider the millions invested in R&D and manufacturing overhead to produce a custom chip alone, let alone finding ways to mass-produce technologies like touch id (authentec) and force touch -er- 3d touch.

    then you have the OS development and support, home grown compilers and IDEs, iCloud infrastructure, and so on. Its really big.
  15. laurim macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    Add licensing and patent fees, quality control testing, consumer research.
  16. greg555 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2005
    From their earnings calls we know Apple's margins are about 40% on average. The margin on the 16 gig model would be lower and higher on the higher capacity phones. The 6S and 6S plus will likely be similar.
  17. Surf Donkey Suspended

    Surf Donkey

    May 12, 2015
  18. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Wait...so Apple is attempting to maximize their profit margins for iPhone sales??? What is this sorcery...

    And here I thought Apple was giving us a great deal
  19. ElBerryKM13 macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    People saying there is much more besides the cost to manufacture are right but its just less than the cost to make the phones. Just take a look at apple profit last quarter 18 BILLION yes Billions so i'm pretty sure whatever their R&D cost is not that much per device.
  20. techiebug macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2013
  21. pragmatous, Sep 13, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2015

    pragmatous macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2012
    Put it in this perspective instead.

    $235 per phone. They make a million phones and they are already 235 million dollars in the hole for just parts.

    That's a lot per device. Let's say only half sell. Apple only breaks even. Assuming apple has a 50% profit margin and assuming the $235 is the total complete cost of the phone.

    Correction: Assuming the total and complete cost of the phone is more than $235 each.

  22. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Don't forget R&D.
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Why is this news? The component costs for the iPhone has always averaged around $200 since the original. I think it started out around $175 or so and now it's a bit more expensive at $235.
  24. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    If I gave you all the materials to build a house (except equipment) can you build it for the cost of what I paid for the materials?
  25. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Exactly right. Every single item we buy costs more to make than the cost of the materials alone.

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