Former Market researcher firm IHS said Apple costs around $160 per iPhone SE to assemble and build, not including cost of the research team, development and marketing for each handset.
The iPhone SE retail price is around $399 which is not too high compared to the build price, but the retail price of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is quite higher. Noting that Apple costs $160 for the 16GB version, while the 64GB version, also cost around $170 (retail price $499), only $10 buck more.
One of the main reasons that make the iPhone SE low-cost build device because the price of the components it uses were much cheaper than before. For example, the 4.0-inch in-cell screen including Corning Gorilla Glass of the iPhone SE cost only $20, while the former, Apple paid $40 for iPhone 5s. In which 40% handset’s displays are manufactured by Japan Display, 35% from LG and 25% from Sharp.
Inside the main components, Apple A9 processor is the most expensive component costs $22, $11.8 for RAM and $15 for Qualcomm chip. While the 16GB native storage costs only $3.6 and both camera modules costs $13.3.