On the plus side...the high profit margin does allows for price cuts.....
The report provides a breakdown of the manufacturing costs. The analysis seems fairly thorough to me as a practising engineer. And while I will allow for the fact that Apple will have some R&D costs (though there is no new technology in this phone) and some marketing expenditure, I doubt it would amount to anything more than tens of dollars per unit.
Personally, I think the iPhone is great, not for the technology in it (nothing is new) but for its integration and ease of use which I think raises the bar for the entire industry.
However, I do think that given the profitability of the product (which is in the same league as the iPod at around 50%), that Apple should have gone a step further and designed a product that was a little more future proof. It would have cost them very little to upgrade the phone to 3G, include a 3MP camera and possibly integrate a GPS receiver on the phone.
While the specs as is are definitely fine for North America, this phone might not sell too well in the rest of the world. And if Apple chooses to upgrade the phone for the Asian and European markets, it will be clear that it made a very deliberate decision to sell the inferior product to its home market.
Needless to say I will be waiting for version 2.0. 5 years ahead? I doubt it.
they didn't have to dissect the iphone to know that they just have to ask their sellers. that means the comparison its so away from the truth probably by margin of 70$-100$ max. STILL apple its a rip.
this is an unbelievable phone and if you want to see it in action just log on to
"www.apple.com"go to the iPhone part click on the key note video
but you have to have quicktime,
this also can be downloaded in the site!!!
this fone is gonna cost alot(cuz apple is a rip), and seeing that its apple that made it its not gonna last long espescially because its the 1st fone apple is making. this fones is not going to be worth its price whatever the price may be.
The Prada phone rocks this one 100 - 0. Sorry for the yankees, who can not buy the Prada phone.
Well I guess, Prada knows where the people live, who value style.
this phone is just awesome. it comes with most european languages and a few asian ones too. already told the misus what my christmas present will be...
CMOS is a type of sensor.
QVGA is a resolution.
They are unrelated.
has anyone thought that the 4 or 8GB storage isnt big enough bearing in mind this is meant to be the widescreen video iPod that everyone has een waiting for? Not sure if you're gonna have enough storage for a few movies/shows AND enough music as well.
I agree this is one hell of a sweet phone, I'm just waiting to see which UK carrier gets the rights (hope it's O2)
with the memory, we'll say that's the price of an iPod nano 8gb which is $250.
with the video capabilities and large sharp widescreen, let's add another $50 to meet halfway between the iPod 30gb with video and 8gb iPod nano.
this phone, right off the bat, has a $300 iPod inside of it.
to those who have always wanted to try an iPod or need another, you are getting a new phone, an internet communicator, a PDA and a widescreen/touchscreen iPod for $600 without the need to lug around three seperate things like you'd normally have to.
i'd say that's a pretty good deal.
" Lastly, now that we know how much the phone costs...."
WRONG. that was an estimation done by looking at pictures of the phone and guessing. they DID NOT dissect an iPhone. they DO NOT have any idea how much the components cost and who supplies the parts. they DO NOT have a clue as to how much R&D went into this over the past 2 and a half years, which included designing this brilliant touchscreen from the ground up.
that estimation is nothing more than wild guesses. try again.
The iPhone costs Apple only $250 for the 4GB phone and $280 for the 8GB version to manufacture according to some reports.
And though Apple has to spend on R&D and marketing and other business costs but for the most part, those costs would have been incurred anyway. I'll bet that Apple spent relatively little to put the iPhone together since it really didnt develop any new technology here just integrated different existing tecnology really well.
THE BUZZ WAS SO GREAT, THAT APPLE PROBABLY DIDNT NEED TO SPEND A DIME ON MARKETING.
Lastly, now that we know how much the phone costs, it raises new questions...why didnt Apple create just one version of the phone (ie 8 Gigs) and why didnt it improve some of the specs that people are complaining about, like the camera or lack of 3G or lack of GPS (these chipsets cost $5).
Seems to me like Apple chose profit over their supposed desire and ability to serve the customer.
Ok... I think maybe this is a device for people that need a SUPER iPod and "also" a comunication device... Don't know, ppl always espect that all phones made have the same TOP features ... man, exist something called market economy.. target groups... a phone is not bat because don't have what you need, it's fool. I like this phone, Mac do awesome products... I only wait for this iPhone not to be as unstable as an iPod... I saw the launch video, yep it comes for windows too... recomend you to see that video. I will buy it... in 3 years.... lol
Yes! The best iPod ever. But I need a good phone so I'm still getting the N95 with its clearly superior features any day.