It Costs Apple How Much to Make an iPhone?!?

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R/D is one part, but so is assembly which is probably significant cost. Though Apple's still prolly taking a decent profit on the device.
 

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The figures listed at the site are only for the cost of parts. Doesn't include assembly, testing, packaging and shipping (to distributors). Those costs will typically more than double - then you can split the remaining $160 (for the 8GB model) between advertising, paying retail folks, and profit shared by Apple and AT&T. Not exactly doubling their money per unit - so they'll have to make up for it with volume! ;)
 

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not relevant?

I may have issues with the iPhone or Apple's RDF (even though I own probably more Apple devices that anyone here), but I don't begrudge them their profit. Capitalism is what brought us the iPhone, Treo, and everything else.

Let the market sort it out...

Why not post costs for everything and complain about the "profit".

That kind of thinking comes from free-riders (as well as communists, socialists, and the like), who expect everything for free or at "cost".

I could care less if they make $300 a device or 300 cents. I judge the device by it's value to me.

Bash Apple and the iPhone if you want, but leave capitalism alone ;-)
 

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I may have issues with the iPhone or Apple's RDF (even though I own probably more Apple devices that anyone here), but I don't begrudge them their profit. Capitalism is what brought us the iPhone, Treo, and everything else.

Let the market sort it out...

Why not post costs for everything and complain about the "profit".

That kind of thinking comes from free-riders (as well as communists, socialists, and the like), who expect everything for free or at "cost".

I could care less if they make $300 a device or 300 cents. I judge the device by it's value to me.

Bash Apple and the iPhone if you want, but leave capitalism alone ;-)

Agree 100%.
 

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maybe im missing something here.

what does it matter what apple sells it for? its the carrier that does the subsidy.

apple can sell as many 500 and 600 dollar phones they want, but the carrier (in this case ATT) is the one that can sell it for less.

isnt this the way subsidies work? isnt this why they lock the phone (BS reason btw) in the first place?

yeah, im sure carriers dont pay the same price as an end user do.

so, is it apple not letting att do a subsidy? or did att just dint think it wasnt needed considering they get the 2 year contract and locked phone anyway?
 

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It was Apple's decision to not have subsidies.

It makes the product seem "elite", and also guarantees their price and profit forecasts.

ATT wants you to havw their service, and will sell anything to get that, including subsidies.

But Apple wanted to be "different" and figured they why get a backend payments from ATT when they could have the cash up front.
 

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When should I start counting? From the ][ days up to the current Macs and iPods.....probably hundreds.

I could start listing them out, although it might not matter since the iPhone is not (yet) in the group.

Wow, that's a lot of Macs. What are you currently using?
 

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Wow, that's a lot of Macs. What are you currently using?

I have several machines (and platforms; not just Mac). I have many that I use, but currently the ones getting the most love are an Xserve, MB Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro, and to a lesser extent an iMac and regular MB.

One of everything and two of the things I like (except for NuBus, of course ;-) )
 

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I have several machines (and platforms; not just Mac). I have many that I use, but currently the ones getting the most love are an Xserve, MB Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro, and to a lesser extent an iMac and regular MB.

One of everything and two of the things I like (except for NuBus, of course ;-) )

Are they all yours or do you use them for work? That's a lot of CPU for one man!