Saturday 24 March 2018

Teardown reveals how much the iPhone SE costs to build

iphone se
iphone se

Mark O'Beirne

The iPhone SE costs Apple half as much to build as it does consumers to buy, according to a teardown by Consumer analytics firm HIS.

The iPhone SE has been ripped apart and its components examined, and it turns out that it costs about half as much to build as to buy.

Consumer analytics firm HIS took the iPhone SE apart and then looked at the costings of its individual components. It estimated that the 16GB model of the SE costs $156.20 to build; this is then rounded up to $160 when manufacturing costs are taken into account. The handset costs consumers $399.

The iPhone SE borrows elements from some other handsets in Apple’s portfolio. It has almost the same casing structure as the iPhone 5S, an identical secondary camera as the iPhone 6, and the A9 processor and camera featured in the iPhone 6S.

Senior director of cost benchmarking services at HIS, Andrew Rassweiler, says that the iPhone SE is a quite a powerful device. "The only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6S is smaller size and lower screen resolution," he said.

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