What you need to know
- A Counterpoint report says Apple's iPhone 12 is around 21% more expensive to manufacture compared to the iPhone 11.
- That's thanks to upgrades like 5G and an OLED display.
A new Counterpoint report says that Apple's iPhone 12 is around 21% more expensive to make in terms of blended materials compared to the iPhone 11.
From the report:
As you might expect, a few key new features have really driven up the cost of making the iPhone 12. The addition of Apple's new A14 chip accounts for 16.7% percent of the overall BoM cost.
Upgrading the display of the iPhone 12 to OLED compared to the LCD in the iPhone 11 also makes for a big jump of $23. Another noticeable cost increase is 5G:
The news follows reports that the aforementioned Murata expects demand for 5G devices to skyrocket in 2021 to at least 500 million.
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