The components that make up the 16GB iPhone 4 cost just under $US188, according to iSuppli. For some perspective: that’s more than Droid or the 3GS. Most of that added price seems to be built into that fancy retina display.
That screen – likely produced by LG – cost a disproportionate $US28.50 per unit, according to iSuppli. The A4 processor – from Samsung, and the same as in the iPad – cost $US10.75, and the new gyroscope chip came in at an estimated cost of $US2.60.
It’s not clear how much profit Apple’s clearing with each unit – iSuppli doesn’t take into account the marketing, design, manufacturing costs or how much AT&T contributes – but it’s safe to say it’s at least in line with previous models. [Businessweek]