Sep 142012
 

Materials for the 16GB iPhone 5 cost an estimated $167.50, or approximately $35 more than the iPhone 4S bill, according to initial calculations by TechInsights.

UBM Electronics owns TechInsights and news website EE Times, which first reported the story; the analyst firm’s preliminary data is based on specs released by Apple at its San Francisco event earlier this week and teardowns of older-version 16 GB iPhones. According to the results, Apple’s A6 processor is the priciest component part at $28.

The entry-level iPhone 5 is available for $199 on a new two-year contract, but the 16GB iPhone 4S, which boasts a $132 materials bill, now retails for $99.

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