iSuppli has published a teardown analysis of the iPhone 4S, pricing the various components and ultimately concluding that the 16GB model has a bill of materials (BOM) of just £120.
Considering the 16GB iPhone 4S goes for £499 SIM free, that leaves a heck of a lot of bucks going straight into Apple’s ludicrously deep pockets.
The iSuppli dudes note that there are other costs to take into account, such as manufacturing, software, licensing and marketing, but Apple is clearly taking home a pretty significant profit on each iPhone 4S sold.
The other models weigh in at £130 (32GB) and £155 (64GB). The SIM free prices in the UK are £599 and £699 respectively, which makes the top-of-the-range model all the more sickening.
However, despite the insane mark-up, iSuppli’s Andrew Rassweiler seems quite taken with the iPhone 4S. He writes: “On the outside, the iPhone 4S may have disappointed some with its perceived lack of new features. But on the inside, the latest member of the iPhone line includes a wealth of innovation.”
Head over to the iSuppli press release to discover just why the new iPhone 4S, in terms of components, is so good.