IHS Technology did a tear-down on the new Apple iPhone 6S which was launched recently. According to the implementations and materials used, the new Apple smartphone costs US $236 to manufacture alone, citing new functionality & advanced components such as 3D Touch and Taptic engine.
This also includes its 5.5″ retina IPS display with 1080p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the force feedback assembly. The bill of materials (BOM) itself costs US $231.50, as per its estimate reports, which leaves the other US$4.50 as manufacturing and assembly costs.
Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services for IHS Technology said,“3D Touch and Apple’s Taptic engine are among the more notable feature upgrades found in this latest round of iPhones. With each generation the company makes measured, incremental technology improvements to its iPhone line, and this time around those changes are increasing Apple’s per-unit material cost.”
He added,“The 3D touch system is novel, and when combined with Apple’s Taptic Engine, these features add about $10 to the total bill of materials cost. Haptic systems are fairly low-tech and forms of haptic feedback like this have been implemented for years in other devices using traditional vibration motors, but the iPhone’s implementation of this feature is unique.”