Component supplier guesstimates have given us a rough idea of how much it costs Apple to make the iPhone 5, with the cheapest 16GB costing Apple around £127 in bits and manufacturing fees to build. It's going to make a nice bit of money out of it, to say the least.
The data comes from supply chain specialist iSuppli, which reckons the 16, 32 and 64GB models of iPhone 5 will cost Apple £127, £133 and £146 respectively to manufacture, leaving Apple with some astonishing profit levels and helping it significantly nearer to the trillion-dollar company valuation milestone. Here's the breakdown:
With UK prices for the iPhone 5 starting at £529 for an unlocked model direct from Apple, that's an amazing £400 in the kitty each time one pops off the production line, rising to an astonishing £550 profit each time someone opts for the £699 64GB iPhone 5. Apple will be reinvesting a big chunk of that on marketing, advertising and suchlike, but even so. Kerching.
Anyone tried buying self-building a mobile phone from parts? [iSuppli]