Despite the entry level price tag being over three times this figure, it turns out that the iPhone 4S, Apple’s latest smartphone release, costs less than $200 to manufacture. Fudzilla has been looking at an iSuppli break down, and it turns out that even with the improved camera, more powerful processor and more memory, with most of the components being the same as those found in the original iPhone 4, and with global prices coming down on certain items, that the price to make the handsets is pretty small; especially when compared with the sale price.
If you want to buy a 4s at the moment, or were one of the few million that bought one over the launch weekend, you’d have spent $649, $749 or $849 depending on which storage capacity you decided to pick up. Of course the largest costs the most, but the added gigabytes of storage only costs Apple about $75 to implement, despite charging $200 extra for it.
No one is against Apple making a profit, but it seems like they’re taking the piss out of their fanbase a little bit. This is hardly a new thing for Apple, but this is certainly new heights.