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Apple reportedly spends more on iPhone 8 Plus manufacturing than 7 Plus, profit margins still hefty

By Adrian Diaconescu September 26, 2017, 4:13 am

Apple’s incrementally upgraded iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are objectively less eye-catching than the Face ID-recognizing iPhone X, but it’s only taken a few days for them to prove relatively sturdy in different durability tests, as well as legit camera powerhouses.

Besides, they’re still Touch ID-capable, with the home button-embedded fingerprint sensor verifying its worth, security and reliability a long time ago, unlike the facial authentication method that’s making everyone nervous.

At $699 and up, the 8-series devices are far from affordable, though it was probably always unrealistic to expect anything less. This Cupertino-based tech giant sure likes its profit margins nice and hefty, spending an estimated $295.44 on the components and “basic manufacturing” of every 64GB iPhone 8 Plus unit then sold for $799 a pop.

That’s almost 18 bucks more than the total production costs of an iPhone 7 Plus approximated by the same “world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise”, called IHS Markit, while a “regular” iPhone 8 purportedly commands a $247.51 bill of materials, up $9.57 from the iPhone 7’s rough BOM.


Back to the $295.44 tag attached to the “entry-level” iPhone 8 Plus, including a $288.08 BOM and $7.36 actual manufacturing costs, we should stress it’s still lower than the $301.60 bill of materials associated with a 64GB Samsung Galaxy S8. Naturally, the GS8+ and Note 8 cost even more to make, although a slightly less reputable source wildly claimed a 256 gig iPhone X could carry a $412.75 BOM.

This would be a good time to point out that IHS calculations, while unofficial and imperfect, are based on the British firm’s own teardown inspections. The iPhone 8 Plus disassembly process found that the 5.5-inch Full HD display is likely to cost around $52.50, with cameras valued at a total of $32.50, about $31 worth of memory inside, and the A11 Bionic processor accounting for roughly $27.50 of the handset’s BOM.

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