IPhone Costs Just $173 to Make, Guesses Analyst
You’ve read our in depth review of the iPhone 3G, right? No. Because we don’t have one yet. And, neither does iSuppli, a company that analyses the costs of electronic components.
Which hasn’t stopped it drumming up a little publicity by guessing that the new 3G handset might cost just $164 in parts, plus assembly costs of $9. We’ll be lenient here: the internals of the iPhone won’t be fully disclosed until the first tear-down (which we hope goes better than Gadget Lab last drunken effort) but we have a fair idea of what is inside. But then iSuppli goes on to guess that carriers are paying Apple another $300 on top, based on nothing but speculation. At this point, we walk away and leave them dancing with the fairies.
Full story: wired.com