Based on the parts seen in a recent teardown, Apple’s newest flagship smartphone costs less than $500 to make.
Among the components used, the display is the most expensive part at around $80.50. Next to it is the company’s own A12 Bionic chipset, which costs $72 each.
Priced at $64, storage is third on the list. Meanwhile, the mechanical parts and housing costs approximately $55. Cameras are surprisingly not at the top, priced at only roughly $44.
The researcher also noticed that Apple removed some components with relation to 3D Touch, but it seems like it didn’t matter as the iPhone XS Max still has that functionality.
The estimates made by TechInsights are not perfectly accurate as it only represents the cost of raw components. This means that research and development, marketing, advertising, software, and distribution were not taken into account.
Apple iPhone XS Max’s base price starts at $1,099 and goes up to $1,499 for the top-of-the-line variant. It’s not surprising to see the huge difference, though, as Apple is often times more about the brand than the product itself.