Detailed information on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro bill of materials (BOM) has surfaced online, indicating the manufacturing costs that Apple has borne for the latest iPhone models. One month after Apple launched the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, this new development work came. In order to provide a different experience from earlier iPhone models, Cupertino made some hardware changes to the iPhone 12 series. These lead to an increase in cost.
According to a dismantling conducted by Tokyo-based research company Fomalhaut Techno Solutions in collaboration with Nikkei, the cost of the iPhone 12 Pro is US$406 (approximately Rs 30,000). This is $593 (approximately Rs 43,800) lower than the iPhone 12 Pro’s starting price of $999 (approximately Rs 73,800). Of course, the final price reflects far more than the physical hardware used in the phone, so this does not surprise anyone.
On the other hand, the iPhone 12’s bill of materials is US$373 (approximately 27,500 rupees), according to GSMArena. This is an increase of US$426 (approximately Rs 31,500) from the starting price of the iPhone 12 of US$799 (approximately 59,000 rupees).
The most expensive component on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the Qualcomm X55 5G modem, which costs US$90 (approximately Rs 6,600). After modems, OLED displays manufactured by Samsung and LG are the second most expensive internal displays in new iPhone models. It is said that the price is 70 US dollars (about 5,200 rupees). Both iPhone models have the same Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2,532 x 1,170 pixels.
Apple has used its A14 Bionic chip on the iPhone 12 series, which is said to cost US$40 (approximately Rs 2,900). Built-in RAM and flash memory are among the other components. They are reported to cost US$12.8 (about 944 rupees) and 19.2 US dollars (about 1,400 rupees). Samsung is said to be a supplier of storage components for the iPhone 12 model.
The iPhone 12 Pro is equipped with a CMOS image sensor made by Sony. There are three sensors on the top as well as wide-angle and telephoto lenses. It is said that these sensors are priced at $5.40 and $7.40 respectively.
In addition to the breakdown of component costs, the disassembly also revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro dominates the components made in Korea, accounting for 26.8% of the total value of mobile phones. Followed by American-made parts, which accounted for 21.9% of the value.
Compared with last year’s iPhone 11 equipped with LCD panels instead of OLED screens and iPhone 11 with 5G connectivity supporting 4G, South Korea’s share of the cost of the iPhone 12 Pro increased by 9.1 percentage points. However, the cost share of American parts fell by 3.9 points from last year’s model.
In other words, Apple is still assembling the iPhone 12 series in China. However, some past reports have hinted at its Indian manufacturing plan.
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