iPhone 5s carries US$199 BOM and manufacturing cost, IHS says -->
Apple's new flagship product- the iPhone 5s- features some cutting-edge components that represent pioneering achievements for the smartphone market while maintaining a nearly identical cost compared to the iPhone 5, according to IHS.
The low-end version of the iPhone 5s with 16 gigabytes (GB) of NAND flash memory has a bill of materials (BOM) of
"The iPhone 5s features a 64-bit apps processor, LPDDR3 DRAM, and a novel fingerprint sensor - features that have never before been seen in a smartphone," said
Although other smartphones have included 64-bit graphics processors, the 5s is the first model with a 64-bit applications processor, IHS noted.
"The move to the 64-bit apps processor is largely driven by the need for greater computational power to ensure that the smartphone's fingerprint sensor works quickly and seamlessly," said
The 64-bit processor is part of the Apple-designed A7 apps processor, based on a core from ARM. The new 64-bit processor core is called "Cyclone," as opposed to the 32-bit version used in the iPhone 5 and 5c, known as "Swift."
Despite the well-publicized feud between the companies, Samsung is the manufacturer of Apple's A7. This likely is because Samsung has a license to ARM's 64-bit core, IHS said.
The A7 used in the iPhone 5s costs
In parallel with the upgrade to 64-bit computing, Apple has updated the memory of iPhone 5s to LPDDR3, marking the first time that the IHS Teardown Analysis Service has identified this advanced type of DRAM in an electronic product. Apple probably used this high-speed, cutting-edge memory - as opposed to the LPDDR2 employed in the original iPhone 5 and 5c - to support the fast processing speeds of the A7.
Such performance comes at a price. The 1GB of LPDDR3 costs
The addition of the fingerprint scanner also represents an increased hardware cost for the 5s, IHS identified. The user-interface segment of the 5s, which includes the fingerprint scanner, costs
Another major difference between the iPhone 5s and the original iPhone 5 lies in the RF transceiver, which has been updated to support more 4G LTE bands, IHS said. Like the iPhone 5c, the 5s uses
One of the biggest-ticket items in the iPhone 5s gets no change: the display and touch-screen subsystem. Maintaining the same specification and the same suppliers for the panels as the iPhone 5 has helped Apple hold the line on its hardware costs for the 5s. Japan Display,
NAND flash has also not made any significant advances with the 5s, and the amount of the memory content in the phone remains the same, IHS said.
The combined BOM and manufacturing cost for the midrange iPhone 5s with 32GB of NAND flash is estimated at
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