Apple iPhone 4 costs $188 to build

According to iSuppli, the Apple iPhone 4 contains about $188 worth of parts. Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 4 to see the hardware inside.


According to market research firm iSuppli, the hardware used to make the Apple iPhone 4 costs about $187.51 (US). iSuppli analyzed a 16GB version of the phone. The iPhone 4's cost is consistent with previous iPhone versions, as Apple has tried to keep the cost between $170-$180. "Over the years, the iPhone has generally tended to hover in the $170-to -$180 cost range because Apple seems to be trying to hit some kind of budget," said iSuppli's Kevin Keller in an interview with Businessweek.

What's the most expensive iPhone 4 component? According to iSuppli, the phone's 3.5-inch "retina display" tops the price list at $28.50. Next in line, is the 16GB Samsung NAND flash memory chip at $27.00. The A4 processor, manufactured by Samsung costs less than half of the display or the phone's memory at $10.75.

For an in-depth look at all the hardware inside the iPhone 4, check out our extensive cracking open photo gallery. Unlike the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3G S, the Apple iPhone 4 was remarkable easy to disassemble. And, we walk you through the entire process.

Update 12/8/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...