iPhone 6s and 6s Plus build costs estimated
Over the past few years, IHS Technology has assembled estimates of how much various Apple products cost to manufacture. The research firm did so for the previous iPhone models as well as the Apple Watch. Tim Cook has always dismissed these estimates as being inaccurate, so while they may not truly represent Apple's profit margin for the products it sells, it certainly is interesting to see how much the internals could cost altogether.
According to IHS Technology, the components of the iPhone 6s cost Apple $211.50, and the raw internals of the iPhone 6s Plus cost $236. The most expensive part to Apple's devices, especially in the case of the Apple Watch, is generally the screen. This holds true with IHS Technology's estimate for the latest smartphones, with the new 3D Touch display costing $52.50 for the iPhone 6s Plus. The processor is the second most expensive component at $22, and the front and rear cameras together are priced at $22.50. Interestingly, the new iPhone 6s Plus only costs around $16 more to manufacturer than the original 6 Plus.
IHS also offered some interesting information regarding changes to the components, claiming that despite the slightly smaller battery, the changes to the OS and other upgrades to the processor and internals should help increase battery life. Overall, the firm believes that the iPhone 6s has improved durability, battery life, and a higher resell value.