Teardown.com Apple iPhone 6 Plus Analysis - Embedded.com

Teardown.com Apple iPhone 6 Plus Analysis

This year's Apple iPhone release included two flagship phones, the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus, finally moving into the 4.7″ and 5.5″ mobile phone market. The iPhone 6 Plus is a competitive leap forward against such devices as the already released LG G3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 — Apple's toughest competitor, to be released in October.

It is interesting how times have changed. Back in 2007 when the original iPhone was released with a 3.5″ display, it was considered a “large” phone. As Apple's competitors started delivering devices with larger displays, Steve Jobs himself thought it unimaginable for an iPhone display to be larger than 3.5″. (He would later introduce the iPhone 4 with a 4″ display and a large smile. )

The display size increases of the iPhone through the years.Click here for larger image
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The display size increases of the iPhone through the years.
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Preliminary analysis of the iPhone 6 Plus estimates it costs $242.50 to build — an increase of about 15% over the iPhone 5S. The estimated combined cost of Apple's new A8 processor and Qualcomm's MDM9625M modem account for $59.50 of the preliminary CoG, while the 5.5″ display/touchscreen assembly costs another estimated $51.00. For the iPhone 6 the preliminary display/touchscreen costs about $41.50 with the iPhone 6 total CoG to be approximately $227.00.

Both devices have an intricately made back enclosure, which uses several pieces of extruded and machined metal work. We are estimating the cost for this piece on the larger iPhone 6 Plus to be around $15.

Cost comparisons for the iPhone 5S, and estimated costs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.Click here for larger image(Source: Teardown.com)

Cost comparisons for the iPhone 5S, and estimated costs for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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The increase in build cost was expected, considering the larger display, expanded cellular coverage, the addition of Near Field Communication (NFC), and a larger battery.

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