Apple is spending more money to build the iPhone 5.
According to a preliminary teardown analysis provided by IHS, the estimated hardware cost of the 16 GB version of the iPhone 5 is $199, which is up from an estimated $188 for the iPhone 4S in October 2011. If $8 of assembly cost is included, the 16 GB iPhone 5 may cost Apple about $207, the 32 GB version $217 and the 64 GB model $238.
The cost not included in this calculation are secondary items such as R&D, shipping as well as PR and marketing. However, given the fact that Apple has non-contract prices of $649, $749 and $849 for its iPhones, there is still a very comfortable profit margin this device.
IHS said that the increased cost for Apple is due to more expensive display and wireless components, while the price for NAND Flash has fallen considerably. In the base model, the most expensive part is the display with a cost of $44 and the wireless section with a cost of about $34. The 16 GB flash chip is among the cheaper parts with just $10.40 cost.