Bloomberg apparently knows what the next-gen iPhone will cost, or at least it has a hypothetical scenario for us, but the company has only revealed it to Bloomberg terminal owners. Naturally, an image like the one above soon made its away across the Internets and we can easily visualize what Bloomberg expects from the white iPhone 5.
Unfortunately we don’t have as many specifics as one would hope for when looking at such analysis, and most of the parts we see listed are general smartphone components, most of them expected to be found inside an iPhone: casing, antennas, PCB, baseband, power amplifiers, transceiver, high-resolution cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, audio codec’s and battery. The only specific details the image above reveals are related to memory, processor and RAM. The iPhone 5 is expected to sport the same A5 1GHz app processor found on the iPad, just 512MB of DDR2 RAM and Bloomberg is apparently looking at a hypothetical 16GB iPhone 5 today when creating this bill of materials.
Price estimates produce an iPhone 5.
According to Bloomberg such an iPhone 5 will cost $270.1 to make and Apple’s estimated gross margin would 56.4% after selling the device for $620. Of course anyone passionate about the iPhone 4S/5 and with enough knowledge about Apple could create such BOM and gross margin estimates. Bloomberg’s numbers, even if not official, make some sense, although it will take some time until we’ll be able to see whether they got it right or wrong. And we’ll notice that there’s no hypothetical BOM for a cheaper iPhone 4S that’s also rumored to be introduced along the more expensive iPhone 5.
Speaking about estimates, we’ll notice that Bloomberg is not suggesting a release date in this particular instance, so we’re still waiting for Apple to launch it at some point in mid-to-late September or early October. Are you buying the next-gen iphone - white iPhone 5?