The cost of all the parts of an iPhone 4 is less than $20 above that of the iPhone 3GS, according to an analysis from electronics research group iSuppli.
The firm took the iPhone 4 apart and valued each of the components inside, and came up with a total figure of $187.51.
That's not much more than the 3GS, which iSuppli says contains $170.80 worth of hardware. Of course, research and development costs are not included.
The most expensive part of the iPhone 4 is its LCD screen. According to iSuppli, that costs $28.50. The actual processor itself was only valued at $10.75.
For the end customer, an iPhone 4 costs $199, but that's with a service contract that AT&T subsidizes. So Apple's actual revenue per phone gives it a nice margin.
Kevin Keller, iSuppli analyst, said that with the iPhone 4 Apple "will be able to maintain the prodigious margins that have allowed it to build up a colossal cash reserve."
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