Apple iPhone SE production costs estimated to be $160 USD
The new iPhone SE is expected to have wide profit margins like its higher-end siblings according to the latest estimates from IHS. By researching and investigating the bill of materials and comparing manufacturing costs to the related iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, the firm estimates that a single iPhone SE will cost apple just $160 USD to manufacture against a retail price of $400 for the 16 GB version. In comparison, the iPhone 5c and 5s were more expensive to produce at roughly $175 and $199, respectively.
iPhone SE to be very profitable for Apple
IHS is speculating that a large chunk of customers who are already interested in the 4-inch iPhone may opt in for the pricier $500 64 GB version for additional storage due to the lack of a MicroSD reader. If so, Apple is expected to profit an additional $89 per unit sold compared to the $400 16 GB version.
Three different manufacturers will provide displays for the iPhone SE
While every iPhone SE will come with a multi-touch 1136 x 640 resolution touchscreen (325 PPI), the provider for these panels can vary between three companies. IHS predicts that about 40 percent of all iPhone SE units will carry panels from Japan Display, 35 percent from LG, and 25 percent from Sharp. Sharp was recently acquired by Foxconn for 3.15 billion Euros.