iPhone X Component Costs Estimated at $357.50

Apple's new iPhone X costs $357.50 to make, according to estimates sourced from TechInsights and shared today by Reuters. At an estimated $357.50 to produce with a price tag of $999, the iPhone X has a gross margin of 64 percent, higher than the iPhone 8's gross margin of 59 percent.

Several of the components in the iPhone X are more expensive than their iPhone 8 counterparts, according to TechInsights. The 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display, for example, costs an estimated $65.50, compared to $36 for the 4.7-inch display of the iPhone 8.

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The stainless steel chassis of the iPhone X costs an estimated $36, a significant premium over the $21.50 Apple shells out for the iPhone 8.

Following the launch of the iPhone 8, estimates suggested its raw component cost came in at $247.51, with the cost for the iPhone 8 Plus estimated at $288.08. Those estimates were sourced from IHS iMarkit, a research firm, while today's come from TechInsights, a company that does device teardowns and analysis.

Component cost estimates from companies like TechInsights and IHS look only at the price of raw components and do not take into account other iPhone manufacturing expenses like research and development, software creation, advertising, and distribution. While interesting, these estimates are not an accurate measurement of Apple's profit margin for the iPhone X, nor are they an accurate picture of the overall cost of creating the device.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, cost breakdowns are generally "much different than the reality." "I've never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate," he said in 2015.

Top Rated Comments

Goldfrapp Avatar
61 months ago
I don't understand why they couldn't sell it for $359
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dmx Avatar
61 months ago
This is a garbage analysis. They estimate the display to cost $65. We know that is wrong, as KGI (who is essentially perfect) estimates it at $120 - $130. Given the quality of the display, I would lean toward KGI being correct - we should disregard TechInsights entire analysis.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JetLaw Avatar
61 months ago
This really is nonsense. These devices are not constructed from Legos. The aggregate cost of the “bricks” only accounts for the variable costs of production. The fixed costs of production (R&D, marketing costs, etc.) are substantial and also dynamic. The media really sucks when it comes to headlines -and maybe we are to blame for being so succepible to falling for clickbait. There is value in the content of this article, namely, the cost of the physical components of this device, but to suggest an equivalency between that and what it costs to truly bring one of these devices to market is an insult to the intellegnce of us all.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
farewelwilliams Avatar
61 months ago
wonder how much the R&D was for the FaceID
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hoon2999 Avatar
61 months ago
Still cannot justify ridiculous AppleCare pricing
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hoon2999 Avatar
61 months ago
I don't understand why they couldn't sell it for $359
Because they don’t grow from trees
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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