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Apple's iPhone X may cost even less to produce than previously thought

Apple's iPhone X costs an estimated US$357.50 to manufacturer, resulting in a gross profit margin of 64 percent. This does not include research and development or marketing costs, of course.
Apple's iPhone X costs an estimated US$357.50 to manufacturer, resulting in a gross profit margin of 64 percent. This does not include research and development or marketing costs, of course.
Recent teardowns estimate that the iPhone X costs even less than previously thought to manufacturer at around US$357.50. While the iPhone 8 has a gross profit margin of 59 percent, the iPhone X's is 64 percent. Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded by stating that Apple's products are being priced at the "value" they are delivering.

A September estimate by Chinese component website ichunt.com put the overall component cost of Apple's iPhone X at US$412 for the most expensive US$1150 SKU. Now, a recent teardown by TechInsight and analysis by Reuters suggest that the iPhone X costs only US$357.50 to manufacturer, meaning an even higher profit margin for the iPhone X versus the iPhone 8.

Apple has long been target of attacks for its computer pricing, which is consistently above that of other PC manufacturers. With each successive iPhone getting more expensive than the last (and especially the iPhone X starting at US$999 and up), this criticism has recently been more focused on their smartphones as well. Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to this as follows:

"We price to the sort of value that we're providing. We're not trying to charge the highest price we could get or anything like that. We're just trying to price it for what we're delivering."

There are a number of reasons for the increase in phone prices as of late. Firstly, flagship devices are more favored by OEMs as they indeed command higher prices and profit margins. Additionally, the research and development for flagship devices is becoming more and more expensive as consumers clamor for more and more with each generation. Finally, at the same time, the marketing budget for these products has ballooned as promotion and visibility to differentiate the device from a sea of competitors becomes more important. 

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Douglas Black, 2017-11- 8 (Update: 2017-11- 8)
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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.