Hypothetical iPhone 5 Teardown Sheds Light on Device’s Manufacturing Cost

With iPhone 5 anticipation reaching a fever pitch, Bloomberg has put together a ‘hypothetical’ iPhone 5 teardown. The purpose of this speculative teardown is to see how much each alleged component of the device would cost Apple.

Bloomberg estimates that the iPhone 5 will cost Apple about $270.10 to manufacter, with the device sporting 512MB of RAM.

The graph isn’t much to go on, as it doesn’t attach itself to a story and it only cites “Bloomberg Industries Estimates” for its credibility. It is interesting to see component breakdowns of what Apple could put in the next iPhone, but it’s all speculative at this point.

Bloomberg is thinking that the 16GB iPhone 5 will be sold for an unsubsidized $620, while an unlocked 16GB iPhone 4 is currently offered at $649.

It is worth noting that Bloomberg does have good industry intel for this sort of thing, but, like all rumors, take it with a grain of salt.

In the meantime, maybe you’d like 9 reasons to not buy the iPhone 5.